Voices from the Quarters: The Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines

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LSU Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 245 pages
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"Mary Ellen Doyle gathers and makes audible the voices arising from all of Ernest J. Gaines's fiction to date - the indelible characters who inhabit the author's lifelong inspirational territory: the bayous, cane fields, and plantation homes of Louisiana's Pointe Coupee Parish. Beginning with the author's upbringing and influences on River Lake Plantation - amid the pecan trees and live oaks, the big house and the tenant quarters - this penetrating study offers close readings of Gaines's uncollected short fiction, the early collection Bloodline, and all of his novels, including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the acclaimed A Lesson Before Dying." -- from the publisher.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Uncollected Short Stories
25
Bloodline
45
Catherine Cormier
78
Of Love and Dust
107
The Autobiography of Miss fane Pittman
130
Jn My Fathers House
154
A Gathering of Old Men
175
A Lesson Beore Dying
203
Conclusion
234
Index
243
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About the author (2003)

Mary Ellen Doyle is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and her previous publications on Ernest Gaines include interviews, essays, and an annotated bibliography. She has taught African American literature since 1967 and currently divides her time between teaching at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, writing, and religious ministry.

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