Ernest J. GainesFiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20040211, 20010103, 19980914
One of America's best-known contemporary black writers, Ernest J. Gaines first found fame with his novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman in the early 1970s. But his most recent novel, A Lesson Before Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award 1993, became his most profitable when it was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Gaines talks about his work and life, and reads from his now famous book.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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