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Author Study: Ernest J. Gaines

These sites are about the writer Ernest J. Gaines and his work. Includes interviews, movie adaptations of his novels, teacher’s guides, quizzes, and study guides.


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Learn about the writer Ernest Gaines by reading this KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana entry. Includes a list of Gaines' works and suggested readings for further study of the writer.
Read Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais' interview with Ernest J. Gaines as it appeared in The Missouri Review in 1999. The writer's approach to his craft and other general topics are discussed in this interview. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Learn about Ernest J. Gaines' influence on the body of Southern literature, the context of this continuing dialogue, and other scholarly aspects of his work on the Ernest J. Gaines Center website.
Explore Ernest J. Gaines' book "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" with this downloadable and printable 29 page PDF study guide from the Glencoe Literature Library.
Teach students about Ernest J. Gaines' novel "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" with this teacher's guide from Random House. Includes discussion questions and other classroom activities.
Watch the 1974 movie version of "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on Hulu. NOTE: The entire movie is available, but with limited commercial interruption and ads. This site also leads to message boards.
This 15 page PDF study guide includes questions for understanding and exploring the novel.
This activity can help students by familiarizing them with the historical context of race relations in America during the time period of Gaines' novel "A Gathering of Old Men".
Watch the video, listen to the audio, and/or read the text of this Academy of Achievement interview with Ernest Gaines about his book "A Lesson Before Dying." The interview is seven Web pages long and is printable by clicking on "Print Interview." Links to an author profile, biography, and photo gallery are included.
Use this printable and downloadable 10 question quiz to test students' knowledge of the Ernest J. Gaines novel "A Lesson Before Dying."

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