Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines

Birth
Oscar, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 5 Nov 2019 (aged 86)
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 204463586 · View Source
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Author. He is known for penning the acclaimed novels "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1971), "A Gathering of Old Men" (1983) and "A Lesson Before Dying" (1993). His works have been compared to William Faulkner. Born Ernest James Gaines, he spent his pre teenage years in rural Louisiana, prior to his family relocating to California when he was fifteen. He studied at San Francisco State College and went on to graduate from Stanford University. He went on to teach at Denison and Stanford Universities, and in 1964 he wrote his first novel "Catherine Carmier." "His work "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" was made into a successful 1974 TV-Movie which starred Cicely Tyson. "A Lesson Before Dying" earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In 2013, Gaines was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

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