The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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Bantam Books, 1972 - Fiction - 246 pages
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"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in The Sound And The Fury." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek.

"Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner's Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, Life

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Miss Jane Pittman could be your great-grandmother, she is that real of a character. I'm sure listening to this on audio had something to do with that perception. When 100 year old Miss Pittman tells ... Read full review

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User Review  - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing

First, I read this as part of the Southern Literary Trail Group, this was one of three January selections as a Pre 1980 read. This is a fictional autobiography created by the author loosely based on a ... Read full review

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About the author (1972)

Ernest Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997.

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