A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel

byErnest J. Gaines

Paperback | September 28, 1997

A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel by Ernest J. Gaines
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“This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives.”—Chicago Tribune

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

From the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.



Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In...
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Title:A Lesson Before Dying: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 7.98 X 5.15 X 0.69 inShipping dimensions:272 pages, 7.98 X 5.15 X 0.69 inPublished:September 28, 1997Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375702709

ISBN - 13:9780375702709

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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