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Ernest J. Gaines

AKA Ernest James Gaines

Born: 15-Jan-1933
Birthplace: Pointe Coupee Parish, LA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Lesson Before Dying

Military service: US Army (1953-54)

Father: Manuel Gaines
Mother: Adrienne Colar
Wife: Dianne Saulney (attorney, m. 15-May-1993)

    University: BA Literature, San Francisco State University (1957)
    University: Stanford University (on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, studied 1958)
    Professor: English Literature, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    American Academy of Arts and Letters 1998
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1971
    National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1993)
    MacArthur Fellowship 1993
    National Humanities Medal 2000

Author of books:
Catherine Carmier (1964, novel)
Of Love and Dust (1967, novel)
Bloodline (1968, novel)
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971, novel)
A Long Day in November (1971, novel)
In My Father's House (1978, novel)
A Gathering of Old Men (1983, novel)
A Lesson Before Dying (1993, novel)
Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays (2005, anthology)

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