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Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.


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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Bantam | Paperback | July 1982
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-26357-2 (0-553-26357-9)

"This is a novel in the guise of the  tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has  lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a  witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this  woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure,  a woman equipped to stand beside William  Faulkner's Dilsey in The... Read more






The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Dial Press Trade Paperback | Trade Paperback | January 2009
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-34278-0 (0-385-34278-0)


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






Bloodline
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1997
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-78165-3 (0-679-78165-X)

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






Catherine Carmier
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1993
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73891-6 (0-679-73891-6)

By the author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Catherine Carmier is a compelling love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where blacks, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence.

After living in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns home to his benefactor... Read more






A Gathering of Old Men
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1992
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73890-9 (0-679-73890-8)

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






In My Father's House
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1992
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72791-0 (0-679-72791-4)

A story of a man brought to reckon with his buried past. Reverend Martin comes face to face with the sins of his youth in the person of Robert X, a young, unkempt stranger who arrives in town for a mysterious "meeting" with the Reverend. Read more






A Lesson Before Dying
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Knopf | Hardcover | September 1997
$28.95/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-45561-5 (0-679-45561-2)

From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand... Read more






A Lesson Before Dying
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$14.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70270-9 (0-375-70270-9)

A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left...

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Mozart and Leadbelly
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2006
$12.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9645-9 (1-4000-9645-6)

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






Of Love and Dust
Written by Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1994
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75248-6 (0-679-75248-X)

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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