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A lesson before dying, Ernest J. Gaines

Label
A lesson before dying
Title
A lesson before dying
Statement of responsibility
Ernest J. Gaines
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In his first novel in ten years, Ernest Gaines, the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, brings us a wrenching story of death and identity in a small Cajun Louisiana community in the late 1940s. A young black named Jefferson is a reluctant party in a shoot-out in a liquor store in which the three other men involved are all killed, including the white store owner. Jefferson, the only survivor, is accused of murder. At the
  • trial, the essence of the defense is that the accused, a lowly form of existence lacking even a modicum of intelligence, is incapable of premeditated murder. His lawyer argues: "Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this." But Jefferson is condemned to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his small rural black community to go to university, has returned to the plantation school to teach children whose lives promise to be not much better than Jefferson's
  • But he wonders whether he has the will to take off north or west like so many before him who knew it was the only way to climb out of a centuries-old rut. He is grappling with his own situation when Jefferson's godmother and Grant's aunt persuade Grant to impart something of himself, of his learning and pride, to Jefferson before his death - to prove the lawyer wrong. A Lesson Before Dying tells the story of these two men who, through no choice of their own, come
  • together and form a bond in the realization that sometimes simply choosing to resist the expected is an act of heroism. Ernest Gaines brings to the novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have informed his previous, widely praised novels
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaines, Ernest J.
Index
no index present
Intended audience
750
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
4.4
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American men
  • Death row inmates
  • Friendship
  • African American men
  • Death row inmates
  • Race relations
  • Friendship
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana
Label
A lesson before dying, Ernest J. Gaines
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm26012819
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780679455615
Lccn
92020335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26012819
  • (Sirsi) a172249
Label
A lesson before dying, Ernest J. Gaines
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm26012819
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780679455615
Lccn
92020335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26012819
  • (Sirsi) a172249

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