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A Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines
  • ISBN Code: : 1400077702
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • 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. A “majestic, moving novel ... an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives" (Chicago Tribune), from the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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  • Total of Pages : 352
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
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  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : Social Science
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 1101969903
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: my-grandpa-and-the-haint.pdf

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection The fish are nearly jumping in the bayous of Louisiana, but hoodoo magic is just as easy to find. And one day, Bobby’s grandfather catches a haint. With his characteristically rich sense of place and deep understanding of the human psyche, Ernest Gaines, National Book Critics Circle Award winner and author of the classic novel A Lesson Before Dying, presents a raconteur’s tale of rustic Southern living, A selection from Gaines’s collection of prose, Mozart and Leadbelly. An eBook short.

From the Plantation to the Prison

By Tara T. Green
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  • Publisher : Mercer University Press
  • Book Code : 9780881460902
  • Total of Pages : 182
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 337
  • Pdf File: from-the-plantation-to-the-prison.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Confinement appropriately describes the status of African Americans who have been incarcerated. Spaces of confinement include?but are not limited to? plantations, Jim Crow societies, and prisons. Contributors examine the related experiences of Malcolm X, Bigger Thomas of Native Son, Angela Davis, and other people of African descent.

A Gathering of Old Men

By Ernest J. Gaines
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  • Publisher : Gladys W. Muturi
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 123
  • Category : Drama
  • Members : 261
  • Pdf File: a-gathering-of-old-men.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This stage adaptation is about a white Cajun farmer shot dead outside of a home of an elderly black man named Mathu. After the murder, Candy Marshall, a headstrong owner of the plantation, starts to gather around all the men to bring all shotguns and take the blame for the farmer’s murder.

More Novels and Plays

By Janet Evans Worthington,Albert B. Somers
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1563086913
  • Total of Pages : 223
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 875
  • Pdf File: more-novels-and-plays.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Entries for thirty novels and plays each include a brief plot summary, an appraisal of the work's reputation, lists of themes and literary concepts, titles for outside reading, discussion questions, and suggested activities for students.

The Scandal of Holiness

By Jessica Hooten Wilson
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  • Publisher : Brazos Press
  • Book Code : 1493435345
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 194
  • Pdf File: the-scandal-of-holiness.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year's resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goals--frugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gym--but we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy. Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imagination--one rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline. The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.

The Non-literate Other

By Helga Ramsey-Kurz
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 904202240X
  • Total of Pages : 506
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 133
  • Pdf File: the-non-literate-other.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Public debates on the benefits and dangers of mass literacy prompted nineteenth-century British authors to write about illiteracy. Since the early twentieth century writers outside Europe have paid increasing attention to the subject as a measure both of cultural dependence and independence. So far literary studies has taken little notice of this.The Non-Literate Other: Readings of Illiteracy in Twentieth-Century Novels in English offers explanations for this lack of interest in illiteracy amongst scholars of literature, and attempts to remedy this neglect by posing the question of how writers use their literacy to write about a condition radically unlike their own. Answers to this question are given in the analysis of nineteen works featuring illiterates yet never before studied for doing so. The book explores the scriptlessness of Neanderthals in William Golding, of barbarians in Angela Carter, David Malouf, and J.M. Coetzee, of African natives in Joseph Conrad and Chinua Achebe, of Maoris in Patricia Grace and Chippewas in Louise Erdrich, of fugitive or former slaves and their descendants in Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Ernest Gaines, of Untouchables in Mulk Raj Anand and Salman Rushdie, and of migrants in Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa, and Amy Tan. In so doing it conveys a clear sense of the complexity and variability of the phenomenon of non-literacy as well as its fictional resourcefulness.

The Word Made Plain

By James H. Harris
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  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Book Code : 9781451410457
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 222
  • Pdf File: the-word-made-plain.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Preaching mediates the word of God into a cultural matrix. And no American preaching has done so more effectively and powerfully than African American preaching, claims noted homiletician James Harris. Known for its rhetorical strength, social-justice orientation, and dead-on connection to the community's lived experience, black preaching is here analyzed and proposed as a model for all preaching. Harris grounds black preaching in the self-understanding of the historic black church and its most prominent preachers, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Samuel Proctor. Harris also explores the hermeneutical and aesthetic dimensions of preaching, especially at the intersection of sacred text and the broader culture. He then lays out the specific distinguishing characteristics of black preaching, including verbal cadence and rhythm, use of gestures, and, most thoroughly, the narrative model of the sermon. His last chapter, ''Preaching Plainly,'' provides specific instructions on how to put the sermon together employing this model.

Bloodline

By Ernest J. Gaines
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307830365
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 714
  • Pdf File: bloodline.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In these five stories, Ernest Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying. As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. Gaines introduces us to this world through the eyes of guileless children and wizened jailbirds, black tenants and white planters. He shows his characters eking out a living and making love, breaking apart aand coming together. And on every page he captures the soul of black community whose circumstances make even the slightest assertion of self-respect an act of majestic—and sometimes suicidal—heroism. Bloodline is a miracle of storytelling. STORIES INCLUDE: A Long Day in November The Sky Is Gray Three Men Bloodline Just Like a Tree

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

By William L. Andrews,Frances Smith Foster,Trudier Harris
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0198031750
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 378
  • Pdf File: the-concise-oxford-companion-to-african-american-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A breathtaking achievement, this Concise Companion is a suitable crown to the astonishing production in African American literature and criticism that has swept over American literary studies in the last two decades. It offers an enormous range of writers-from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, from Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and from Toni Morrison to August Wilson. It contains entries on major works (including synopses of novels), such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Richard Wright's Native Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. It also incorporates information on literary characters such as Bigger Thomas, Coffin Ed Johnson, Kunta Kinte, Sula Peace, as well as on character types such as Aunt Jemima, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, Stackolee, and the trickster. Icons of black culture are addressed, including vivid details about the lives of Muhammad Ali, John Coltrane, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman. Here, too, are general articles on poetry, fiction, and drama; on autobiography, slave narratives, Sunday School literature, and oratory; as well as on a wide spectrum of related topics. Compact yet thorough, this handy volume gathers works from a vast array of sources--from the black periodical press to women's clubs--making it one of the most substantial guides available on the growing, exciting world of African American literature.

Ernest J. Gaines

By Marcia Gaudet
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 1496822196
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 196
  • Pdf File: ernest-j-gaines.pdf

Book Short Summary:

As the acclaimed author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines (b. 1933) has been publishing stories and novels for more than sixty years. His brilliant portrayals of race, community, and culture in rural south Louisiana have made him one of the most respected and beloved living American writers. Ernest J. Gaines: Conversations brings together the author’s own thoughts and words in interviews that range from 1994 to 2017, discussing his life, his work, and his literary legacy. The interviews cover all of Gaines’s works, including his two latest books, Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays (2005) and The Tragedy of Brady Sims (2017). The book provides a retrospective of his work from the viewpoint of a senior writer, now eighty-five years old, and gives an important international perspective on Gaines and his work. Among the many things Gaines discusses in his interviews are the recurrent themes in his works: the search for manhood, the importance of personal responsibility and standing with dignity, the problems of fathers and sons, and the challenges of race and racism in America. He examines his fictional world and his strong sense of place, his role as teacher and mentor, the importance of strong women in his life, and the influence of spirituality, religion, and music on his work. He also talks about storytelling, the nature of narrative, writing as a journey, and how he sees himself as a storyteller.