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Ernest J. Gaines (1933–2019)

Autor(a) de A Lesson Before Dying

17+ Works 8,803 Membros 169 Críticas 13 Favorited

About the 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 mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying (1993) 5,445 exemplares
A Gathering of Old Men (1983) 1,043 exemplares
Catherine Carmier (1964) 198 exemplares
Of Love and Dust (1967) 183 exemplares
In My Father's House (1978) 178 exemplares
Bloodline: Five Stories (1968) 132 exemplares
The Tragedy of Brady Sims (2017) 76 exemplares
A Long Day in November (1971) 31 exemplares
The Sky Is Gray (2002) 6 exemplares
Three Men (2002) 2 exemplares
My Grandpa and the Haint (2015) 1 exemplar
A Long Day in November (1971) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
Calling the Wind: Twentieth Century African-American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
The Granta Book of the American Long Story (1822) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuidor, algumas edições95 exemplares
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Novel Voices (2003) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (2009) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [1974 film] (2003) — Original book — 32 exemplares
Trial and Error: An Oxford Anthology of Legal Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
A Lesson Before Dying [1999 film] (2009) — Original book — 10 exemplares
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
A Gathering of Old Men [1987 film] (2006) — Original book — 5 exemplares
Whole Pieces (1990) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Gaines, Ernest James
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Port Hudson, Louisiana, USA
Local de nascimento
River Lake Plantation, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, USA
Local de falecimento
Oscar, Louisiana, USA
Locais de residência
Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, USA
Vallejo, California, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
San Francisco State College
Stanford University
professor (creative writing ∙ University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (1998)
Fellowship of Southern Writers (charter member)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Prémios e menções honrosas
National Humanities Medal (2000)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1987)
John Dos Passos Prize (1993)
Louisiana Writer Award (2000)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction (2001)
Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement (2011) (mostrar todos 10)
Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature (2012)
MacArthur Fellowship (1993)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1972 ∙ Fiction)
National Medal of Arts (2013)

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Ernest James Gaines was an American author whose works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. Four of his works were made into television movies. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Gaines was a MacArthur Foundation fellow, was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and was inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier.



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It's a heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring book. It reminds me of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave". It teaches the power of knowledge- how it changes perception. There is more to reality than what the senses can grasp.
“He was the strongest man in that crowded room, Grant Wiggins,” Paul said, staring at me and speaking louder than was necessary. “He was, he was. I’m not saying this to make you feel good, I’m not saying this to ease your pain.”p. 255… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | 5 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Graced with seriousness, importance, humanity, and some snorting-through-my-nose humor. Wonderful.
Treebeard_404 | 25 outras críticas | Mar 18, 2024 |
Excellent! Second time around for me and just as compelling. Lovely writing.
Suem330 | 104 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
Abandoned 43% of the way through. At this point, not much had happened, plot-wise, yet there was profanity, including God's name used in vain, and some sexual content. Not worth finishing.
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