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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying( )
Author: Gaines, Ernest J.
Locke, Attica
Series title:Five Star Paperback Ser.
ISBN:978-1-85242-723-8
Publication Date:Jul 2007
Publisher:Serpent's Tail Limited
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $23.95
Book Description:

In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson is an unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Gaines explores the deep prejudice of the American South in the tradition of Harper Lee?s To Kill A Mockingbird and Toni Morrison?s Beloved. A Lesson Before Dying is a richly compassionate and deeply moving novel, the story of a young black man sentenced to...
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Book Details
Pages:272
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Southern
Fiction / African American / General
Fiction / Friendship
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.9 x 19.8 x 1.8 cm
Book Weight:0.194 Kilograms
Author Biography
Gaines, Ernest J. (Author)
Ernest James Gaines was born on January 15, 1933, on the River Lake Plantation, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Gaines has been a MacArthur Foundation fellow, awarded the National Humanities Medal, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier.

Although he was educated in California (at San Francisco State College and Stanford University), his fiction is dominated by images and characters drawn from rural Louisiana, where he was born and raised. Unquestionably the most recognizable, and probably the best, of Gaines's novels is The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971), a fictional account of the long life of a black woman born a slave on a Louisiana plantation. Through the stories of the many fascinating people who touch Jane's life, Gaines presents not only a moving perspective on the struggles of African Americans but also a social history of the United States since the Civil War. It is a testimony to Gaines's skill as a writer and storyteller that many people believe Jane Pittman was a real person. Indeed, the novel is frequently misshelved in the biography section of bookstores. In 1993 Gaines also won the Dos Passos Prize and in 2000 he won the National Humanities Medal.

Of Gaines's other works, Bloodline (1976), a collection of five short stories, stands out for its powerful portrayals of young men in search of self-respect and dignity. In 2013 President Barack Obama presented Mr. Gaines with the National Medal of Arts.

Ernest J. Gaines passed away on November 5,2019 at this home in Oscar, LA at the age of 86.

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