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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

In all my stories and novels, no one ever escapes Louisiana.


Works by Ernest J. Gaines

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

Other Works about Gaines and the Historical Context of A Lesson Before Dying

Chafe, William H., Raymond Gavis, and Robert Korstad, eds. Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. New York: New Press, 2001.

Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea: An Authobiography. 1940. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.

Lowe, John, ed. Conversations with Ernest Gaines. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

Simon, Scott. Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.

Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. 1901. New York: Random House, 1999.

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