James Patterson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 20, 1927.
He attended Pennsylvania State University, and worked as a waiter at a restaurant before he became a newspaper publisher in the late 1960s.
In 1975, Patterson launched his eponymous publishing house with the intention of creating his own line of books.
His first book, A History of Magic, was published in 1984, and in 1990 he launched his second book, The Book of Mormon.
He then began work on his third book, Mormonism: A History, in 1995.
Patterson then launched his fourth book, Joseph Smith, in 1996, with the goal of creating a new version of the Book of Abraham, which he believed was an ancient record of a lost continent of the American continent.
In 1996, the Book, which was published by Macmillan Publishing Company, went on sale for the first time.
The book has since sold over three million copies, and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
In addition to publishing a wide variety of books including The Book, The Secret of the Unicorn, The Story of God, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Amazing Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Patterson also created a popular children’s book series, The Jungle Book.
Patterson’s last book, Lost and Found, was released in 1999.
His life’s work has been dedicated to helping others discover the truth of the gospel, teaching children to be obedient to authority, and working to make the world a better place.
Patterson is survived by his wife, Jill, and their four children.