Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines was an acclaimed American author best known for his novels set in rural Louisiana. His work often explored the lives of African-American characters facing the social and economic challenges of the Southern United States. Among his most notable works are 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' and 'A Lesson Before Dying,' both of which received critical praise for their powerful storytelling and insightful social commentary.


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  1. 1. A Lesson Before Dying

    Set in the pre-Civil Rights South, the novel explores the story of a young black man wrongfully accused and sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. A local schoolteacher, at the request of the man's godmother, attempts to help the condemned man gain a sense of dignity and self-worth in the final days of his life. The story grapples with issues of racial inequality, justice, humanity, and moral obligation.