Ernest J. Gaines

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Birthday
15, 1933
Birthplace
Louisiana
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
15, 1933 (age 86)
Birthplace
Louisiana

About

An African-American author, Gaines is best known for his award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying (1993), which tells the story of a black man who is sentenced to death for a crime that he did not commit. Gaines's other works include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and A Gathering of Old Men (1983).

Before Fame

He wrote his first novel when he was just seventeen years old. Several years later, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in literature.

Trivia

He was the recipient of the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

Family Life

He grew up in Louisiana as the oldest of twelve siblings. He married attorney Dianne Saulney.

Associated With

He and Regina Carter both received MacArthur Grants.