A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 28, 1997 - Fiction - 272 pages
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From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

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Through the eyes of a dissatisfied teacher begrudgingly enlisted to cultivate pride in a youth sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, Ernest Gaines tells a powerful story of black ... Read full review

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This is a very sad and moving book. Ostensibly, it is about racism and an unfair justice system in 1940's Louisiana, but really it is about many complicated issues; history, self esteem, spirituality ... Read full review

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A Lesson Before Dying
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Two mighty tall walls confine the characters in Round House Theatre's "A Lesson Before Dying" -- walls of injustice, walls of despair.
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I finished "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines yesterday. And though Jefferson did indeed die, he isn’t dead. He joins the other literary characters ...
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About the author (1997)

Ernest J. Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works.  His previous books include A Gathering of Old Men, In My Father's House, A Long Day in November, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Bloodline, Of Love and Dust, and Catherine Carmier. He divides his time between San Francisco and the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where he is writer-in-residence.

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