Ernest J. Gaines



Ernest J. Gaines authored A Lesson before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman as well as other novels, short stories and essays. A Lesson before Dying won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. In 2013, Gaines received a National Medal of Arts.


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Louisiana Writer Award Recipient, 2000


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