Ernest J. Gaines Biography

Educator, Author (1933–)
Novelist Ernest J. Gaines’s wrote The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which reflects the African American experience and oral tradition of rural Louisiana.


Ernest J. Gaines was born in 1933, in Oscar, LA. In addition to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, a fictional personal history spanning the period from the Civil War to the civil rights movement, his novels include Catherine Carmier, Of Love and Dust, In My Father's House, and A Gathering of Old Men. In 1994 he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for A Lesson Before Dying.

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