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Ernest J. Gaines
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Ernest Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997.

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $6.99

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1982
Price: $6.99

A "fictional autobiography" of a Black woman, born in slavery, who lives for 100 more years to see the second emancipation of her race is the amazing novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

"Grand, robust, rich."—The New York Times Book Review

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: January 27, 2009
Price: $15.00

Miss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines’s now-classic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss Jane’s remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave... Read more >
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Five Stories
Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 1997
Price: $15.95

In these five stories, Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying. As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage... Read more >
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Five Stories
Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Catherine Carmier

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1993
Price: $15.00

By the author of A Lesson Before Dying, Catherine Carmier is a compelling love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where blacks, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence. When Jackson returns to Louisiana after living in San Francisco for ten years, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier... Read more >
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Catherine Carmier

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2012
Price: $11.99

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A Gathering of Old Men

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.00

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.

"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black... Read more >
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A Gathering of Old Men

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2012
Price: $9.99

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In My Father's House

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.00

This is the compelling novel of a man brought to reckon with his buried past. In a small rural black community in Louisiana, Rev. Phillip Martin comes face to face with the sins of his youth in Robert X, a young sinister stranger who arrives in town for a mysterious meeting... Read more >
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In My Father's House

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $9.99

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A Lesson Before Dying

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 29, 1997
Price: $28.95

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A Lesson Before Dying
A Novel
Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1997
Price: $13.95

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

A Lesson Before Dying, set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, is about the bond forged between two men--Jefferson, convicted of murder and sentenced to die; and Grant Wiggins, a college graduate returning to his hometown to teach... Read more >
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A Lesson Before Dying
A Novel
Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 20, 2004
Price: $9.99

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Mozart and Leadbelly

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $12.95

In this collection of stories and essays, the beloved author of the classic, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying shares the inspirations behind his books and his reasons for becoming a writer. Told in the simple and powerful prose that is a hallmark of his craft, these writings by Ernest J... Read more >
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Mozart and Leadbelly

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Of Love and Dust

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $15.95

This is the story of Marcus: bonded out of jail where he has been awaiting trial for murder, he is sent to the Hebert plantation to work in the fields. There he encounters conflict with the overseer, Sidney Bonbon, and a tale of revenge, lust and power plays out between Marcus... Read more >
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Of Love and Dust

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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