A Lesson Before Dying (Paperback)

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Grant Wiggins, a college-educated man who returns to his hometown to teach, forms an unlikely bond with Jefferson, a young Black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, when he is asked to impart his learning and pride to the condemned man *Author: Gaines, Ernest J. *Publication Date: 1997/10/01 *Number of Pages: 256 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375702709
SKU 30052378
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375702709
Release Date 10/1/1997
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Ernest J. Gaines
The oldest of 12 children, Ernest J. Gaines was born on a plantation where his parents worked in the fields--and where Gaines himself also worked from the age of nine, chopping cane for 50 cents a day. He was largely raised by his beloved disabled aunt, but at 15 he joined his mother and stepfather in California. An avid reader, he began to write, and produced a draft of his first novel when he was 16. He received a B.A. from San Francisco State in 1957, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford. By the time he published his third novel, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1971), he had developed a critical reputation, and when the novel was filmed for TV in 1974, he attracted a wide following. His 1993 novel, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, attracted wide critical and popular acclaim. Gaines writes, in all his books, about black men and women who attempt to lead their lives with dignity in a society poisoned by racism.
The oldest of 12 children, Ernest J. Gaines was born on a plantation where his parents worked in the fields--and where Gaines himself also worked from the age of nine, chopping cane for 50 cents a day. He was largely raised by his beloved disabled aunt, but at 15 he joined his mother and stepfather in California. An avid reader, he began to write, and produced a draft of his first novel when he was 16. He received a B.A. from San Francisco State in 1957, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford. By the time he published his third novel, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1971), he had developed a critical reputation, and when the novel was filmed for TV in 1974, he attracted a wide following. His 1993 novel, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, attracted wide critical and popular acclaim. Gaines writes, in all his books, about black men and women who attempt to lead their lives with dignity in a society poisoned by racism.
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Annotation In this story of injustice and redemption set in rural Louisiana during the late 1940s, Grant Wiggins, a backwoods schoolmaster, is asked visit a young black prisoner on death row. Jefferson, the prisoner, was falsely accused and convicted of murder and is sentenced to hang, and Wiggins's job, once he realizes the impossibility of overturning the verdict, is to prepare the boy for death. Although, as a nonbeliever, Wiggins at first finds himself in competition with the minister for the boy's attention, he eventually comes to see that the cultivation of any instinct of love--human or religious--is the essence of salvation, both for Jefferson and himself. Ernest J. Gaines's morally wrenching novel has become a classic of American literature.
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