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Gaines, Ernest J. 1933-

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Works: 238 works in 1,042 publications in 16 languages and 44,424 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Drama  History  Television adaptations  Made-for-TV movies  Film adaptations  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Narrator, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3557.A355, 813.54
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A lesson before dying by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
136 editions published between 1933 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 6,464 libraries worldwide
Grant Wiggins, who left his small rural black community to go to university, has returned to the plantation school to teach children whose lives promise to be not much better than Jefferson's. But he wonders whether he has the will to take off north or west like so many before him who knew it was the only way to climb out of a centuries-old rut. He is grappling with his own situation when Jefferson's godmother and Grant's aunt persuade Grant to impart something of himself, of his learning and pride, to Jefferson before his death - to prove the lawyer wrong
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman : a novel by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
145 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 5,906 libraries worldwide
Story of a black woman born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, freed at the end of the Civil War, who lives for one-hundred more years
In my father's house by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
37 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,132 libraries worldwide
A minister and civil rights leader in a small, rural African-American community is suddenly confronted with events from his past that threaten to destroy the life he has built
Catherine Carmier : a novel by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
36 editions published between 1964 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,219 libraries worldwide
Catherine, a young Louisiana Black woman, is caught up in the racial tensions between white, Black, and Cajun in the rural plantation area
Of love and dust by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
28 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,186 libraries worldwide
When young Marcus is bonded out of jail, where he has been awaiting his trial for murder, he is sent to the Hebert plantation to work in the fields. He treats the Cajun overseer, Sidney Bonbon, with supreme contempt, even as Bonbon works him nearly to death. Marcus takes his revenge by first seducing Bonbon's black mistress, Pauline, and then his wife, Louise. Jim Kelly, the tractor driver, watches the contest between the two men, knowing Marcus is doomed and hating him for disturbing the status quo. Grudgingly, however, Jim begins to admire the young man's spirit as the inevitable climactic showdown draws near. --Back cover
A lesson before dying by Ernest J Gaines( Sound Recording )
28 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 966 libraries worldwide
Two young African-American men, one condemned to death for a murder and the other a teacher, form a bond in a small Cajun Louisiana community in the late 1940s
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines( Sound Recording )
27 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 616 libraries worldwide
Miss Jane looks back on the 100 years of her life, from slavery to the dawn of the civil rights movement
An introduction to A lesson before dying by Ernest J. Gaines : audio guide by Dan Stone( Sound Recording )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 libraries worldwide
Discusses the theme and characters in Gaines's novel and includes excerpts from the book and background information on the author
A long day in November by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
21 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 538 libraries worldwide
A young black boy living on a cane plantation recounts the events of the day his parents separate and are reconciled
The tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
"Ernest J. Gaines's new novella revolves around a courthouse shooting that leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order. After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims--an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration"--
A gathering of old men by Ernest J Gaines( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 251 libraries worldwide
When the sheriff arrives after a Cajun farmer is shot dead he finds a dozen aging black men each claiming to have done the deed. They want to get even after lifetimes of oppression
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman : and related readings by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 227 libraries worldwide
A textbook reader for young adults features "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" by Ernest J. Gaines, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension
In my father's house by Ernest J Gaines( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 148 libraries worldwide
Phillip Martin was a leader in the Southern community of St. Adrienne, but his past wouldn't stay buried
A lesson before dying by Romulus Linney( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940's. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson's. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's own fate. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, Linda Powell, Jefferson A. Russell, Jerry Whiddon and Beatrice Winde
The Signet classic book of Southern short stories ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
Presents thirty-three stories by Southern writers--half by women and one third by blacks--that capture the richness and complexities of Southern life
Catherine Carmier by Ernest J Gaines( file )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
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 home to his family after an absence of ten years, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines( visu )
22 editions published between 1972 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 119 libraries worldwide
The story of the life an African American woman from Louisiana, from the time of her childhood as a slave in the pre-Civil War South to 1962, when she witnesses the birth of the civil rights movement at the age of one hundred and ten
Tell about the South : voices in black & white ( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of modern Southern literature from 1915 to present. Features literary careers of William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Erskine Caldwell, Ralph Ellison, Walker Percy and many others
Conversations with Ernest Gaines by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
"The winner in 1994 of the National Book Critics Circle Award for A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines, whose career spans more than thirty-five years, continues to receive increasing critical and popular attention. In the community of southern authors he finds his natural place. "Southern writers," he says, "have much more in common than differences. They have in common a certain point of view as well."" "Through television productions of his fiction - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Gathering of Old Men, and "The Sky is Gray"--Gaines has become widely known and appreciated. Although focused principally upon African-American life in the Deep South, his writing bears strong influence of European authors." "In these interviews, two of which have never before been printed, Ernest Gaines casts a retrospective light upon his long and productive career. Drawn from journals, magazines, and newspapers, the interviews are occasions for Gaines to recall his childhood, his "bohemian" days in San Francisco, his long effort to get published, and recent events in his life - including his marriage and his receiving a MacArthur Prize."--Jacket
Mozart and Leadbelly : stories and essays by Ernest J Gaines( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Collects five stories, set in Louisiana, that capture the joys and sorrows of rural Southern life, accompanied by prose works that chronicle the author's life as a writer, and the people and places that he has encountered
 
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Alternative Names
Ernest Gaines
Ernest J. Gaines Amerikaans romanschrijver
Gaines, Ernest
Gaines, Ernest 1933-
Gaines Ernest J.
Gaines, Ernest James 1933-
Эрнест Гейнс американский писатель
إرنست ج. غينز، 1933-
إرنست جينز
إرنست جينز روائي من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية
جينز، إرنست ج.، 1933-
게인스, 어니스트 J. 1933-
ゲインズ, アーネスト・J
Languages
English (522)
French (28)
German (22)
Chinese (5)
Japanese (4)
Portuguese (4)
Swedish (3)
Polish (3)
Danish (2)
Italian (2)
Korean (2)
Dutch (2)
Slovenian (2)
Arabic (1)
Hebrew (1)
Russian (1)
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