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Ernest J. Gaines

(b. 1933)


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(1933–),

Louisianaborn author, since age 13 resident in the San Francisco Bay area, has drawn on his background for stories of blacks in his native state. His novels include Catherine Carmier (1964); Of Love and Dust (1967); The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman (1971), a saga of black history in the South seen through the reminiscences of a 110-year-old woman; In My Father's House (1978); and A Gathering of Old Men (1983). Bloodline (1968) collects stories of children's views of adult life.

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