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Gaines, Ernest J. 1933-

Overview
Works: 246 works in 1,074 publications in 18 languages and 45,326 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Television adaptations  Made-for-TV movies  Film adaptations  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Conceptor, Narrator
Classifications: PS3557.A355, 813.54
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A lesson before dying by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

141 editions published between 1933 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 6,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first novel in ten years, Ernest Gaines, the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, brings us a wrenching story of death and identity in a small Cajun Louisiana community in the late 1940s. A young black named Jefferson is a reluctant party in a shoot-out in a liquor store in which the three other men involved are all killed, including the white store owner. Jefferson, the only survivor, is accused of murder. At the trial, the essence of the defense is that the accused, a lowly form of existence lacking even a modicum of intelligence, is incapable of premeditated murder. His lawyer argues: "Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this." But Jefferson is condemned to death
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman : a novel by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

146 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 5,999 WorldCat member 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
A gathering of old men by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

93 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 4,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early in this eloquent novel ... a sheriff is summoned to a sugarcane plantation, where he finds one young white woman, about eighteen old black men, and one dead Cajun farmer. The sheriff is sure he knows who killed the Cajun--although each of the men is toting a shotgun, only one of them could hit a barn door--but threats and slaps fail to change their stories. Each one claims guilt, and all but one promise to provoke a riot at the courthouse if the sheriff tries to make an arrest. in the meantime, they wait for a lynch mob that the dead man's father--like his son, a notorious brute--is sure to launch. ... Before it is over, everyone involved has been surprised by something: the old black men not least of all, by their first taste of power and pride."--New Yorker review, quoted on back cover of paperback edition
In my father's house by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

39 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,213 WorldCat member 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
Bloodline by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. STORIES INCLUDE: A Long Day in November The Sky Is Gray Three Men Bloodline Just Like a Tree
Catherine Carmier : a novel by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

36 editions published between 1964 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,250 WorldCat member 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 1,221 WorldCat member 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
Black short story anthology by Woodie King( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each of the stories in this volume stands by itself as a finely wrought individual expression of one Black writer's experience, talant, and vision
A lesson before dying by Ernest J Gaines( Recording )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 945 WorldCat member 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( Recording )

34 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Jane looks back on the 100 years of her life, from slavery to the dawn of the civil rights movement
A long day in November by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

21 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young black boy living on a cane plantation recounts the events of the day his parents separate and are reconciled
An introduction to A lesson before dying by Ernest J. Gaines : audio guide by Molly Murphy( Recording )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the theme and characters in Gaines's novel and includes excerpts from the book and background information on the author
The tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J Gaines( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member 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 keeporder. 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( Recording )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 WorldCat member 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 226 WorldCat member 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
A lesson before dying by Romulus Linney( Recording )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member 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
In my father's house by Ernest J Gaines( Recording )

13 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phillip Martin was a leader in the Southern community of St. Adrienne, but his past wouldn't stay buried
Catherine Carmier by Ernest J Gaines( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member 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. After living in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns home to his benefactor, Aunt Charlotte. Surrounded by family and old friends, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation from those around him, he falls in love with "Catherine Carmier", setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications
The Signet classic book of Southern short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member 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
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines( Visual )

20 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most-honored films of all time, this program won an unprecedented nine Emmy Awards, including Best Director, Teleplay, and Actress (Cicely Tyson). This sweeping saga covers over a century in the life of Jane Pittman, a Louisiana black woman. It follows her life from her childhood as a slave in the pre-Civil War Southto 1962 when she witnesses the birth of the Civil Rights Movement at the age of 110
 
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A lesson before dying
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The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman : a novelA gathering of old menIn my father's houseBloodlineCatherine Carmier : a novelOf love and dustA lesson before dyingThe autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Alternative Names
Ernest Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines Amerikaans romanschrijver

Ernest J. Gaines novelista estadounidense

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

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