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A Lesson Before Dying

A Novel

A Lesson Before Dying( )
Author: Gaines, Ernest J.
Series title:Vintage Contemporaries Ser.
ISBN:978-0-375-70270-9
Publication Date:Sep 1997
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Vintage
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $14.00
Book Description:

"This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives."--Chicago Tribune Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. ...
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Book Details
Pages:272
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Southern
Fiction / Friendship
Fiction / African American / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.15 x 7.98 x 0.69 Inches
Book Weight:0.425 Pounds
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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