Chapter 1 What justice would there be to take this life? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this. He says that he was not there, but he knew what the verdict would be.
Dianne Saulney  Ernest James Gaines born January 15, is an African-American author whose works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese.
Four of his works have been made into television movies. Gaines has been a MacArthur Foundation fellow, awarded the National Humanities Medaland inducted into the Fren was among the fifth generation of his sharecropper family to be born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.
This became the setting and premise for many of his later works.
He was the eldest of 12 children, raised by his aunt, who was crippled and had to crawl to get around the house. Although born generations after the end of slaveryGaines grew up impoverished, living in old slave quarters on a plantation.
Gaines' first years of school took place in the plantation church. When the children were not picking cotton in the fields, a visiting teacher came for five to six months of the year to provide basic education. Gaines then spent three years at St. Schooling for African-American children did not continue beyond the eighth grade during this time in Pointe Coupee Parish.
His first novel was written at age 17, while babysitting his youngest brother, Michael.
According to one account, he wrapped it in brown paper, tied it with string, and sent it to a New York publisher, who rejected it. Gaines burned the manuscript, but later rewrote it to become his first published novel, Catherine Carmier. The next year he earned a degree in literature from SFSU.
After spending two years in the Armyhe won a writing fellowship to Stanford University. InGaines spent a full semester as a visiting professor at the University of Rennes in France, where he taught the first creative writing class ever offered in the French university system.Letter to an English Major: Austen’s Legacy of Life Lessons - Dearest English major fellow, “For Austen, life, liker her novel, is a continual process of reading and rereading.” (23).
Book Summary Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Set in the fictional community of Bayonne, Louisiana, in the late s, A Lesson Before Dying tells the story of Jefferson, a twenty-one-year-old uneducated black field worker wrongfully accused and convicted of the robbery and murder of a white man, and sentenced to death by electrocution.
Ernest J. Gaines: Getting up every morning and writing! The writer, although he is driven to write, he must write and be able to do it all the time, everyday it is very hard. urbanagricultureinitiative.com (GSO) is a free, public website providing information and resources necessary to help meet the educational needs of students.
The Lesson, by Toni Cade Bambara - Creative writing is a form of art. However, the need for consistency in creative writing is critical for the success of the underlying story. A Lesson Before Dying won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Ernest J Gaines’ works have been translated into 17 languages.
Ernest J Gaines was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, often called the Genius Award, in A Lesson Before Dying has sold over 2 million copies. Four of Gaines’ works have been made into movies.