Anne K. Simpson
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The earliest biography of Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines.
In this first-ever biography of Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, Simpson explores both the man and his writing in considerable depth.
Gaines' novels examine the African American experience in South Louisiana, and frequently take place within Creole, Cajun, and old South settings in the region. His novels include A Lesson Before Dying (1993) which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1993, and was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1997; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971); A Gathering of Old Men (1971); Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays (2005); In My Father's House (1978); A Long Day in November (1971); Bloodline (1968); Of Love and Dust (1967); and his first novel, Catherine Carmier (1964).
Dr. Ernest Gaines, Writer-In-Residence Emeritus from the University of Louisiana, is one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. He has received The National Humanities Medal, and the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, known as the "Genius Grants." He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Fellow of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was named "Humanist of the Year" (1993), by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In 2000 he was also named Louisiana Writer of the Year, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation annually presents The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in his honor. His books have been translated into 17 languages, and are perennially selected as required reading in schools and colleges across the globe.
Dr. Gaines holds honorary doctorate degrees from Brown, Tulane, Miami (FL), Louisiana, Louisiana State, Sewanee, Bard College, Xavier, Loyola, Dillard, Savannah College, Whittier College, and several others.
Library of Congress: 91-71686
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
No. of Pages: 367