A Guide to the Ernest J. Gaines Center

This guide will give you information about Ernest J. Gaines and the Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Gaines, Ernest J. Catherine Carmier. New York: Atheneum 1964. Print. PS3557 .A355 C36 1993

Gaines, Ernest J. Of Love and Dust. New York: Dial Press, 1967. Print. PS3557 .A355 O4

Gaines, Ernest J. "Bloodline". New York: Dial Press, 1968. Print. PS3557 .A355 B5 C.10

Gaines, Ernest J. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. New York: Dial Press, 1971. Print. PS3557 .A355 A9 C.2

Gaines, Ernest J. In My Father’s House. New York: Knopf, 1978. Print. PS3557 .A355 I5 C.2

Gaines, Ernest J. "A Long Day in November". New York: Dial Press, 1971. Print. PZ7 .G1275 LO

Gaines, Ernest J. A Gathering of Old Men. New York: Knopf, 1983. Print. PS3557 .A355 G3 1983

Gaines, Ernest J. Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays. New York: Knopf, 2005. Print. PS3557 .A355 M697 2005

Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. New York: Knopf, 1993. Print. PS3557 .A355 L47 1993

Film Versions

  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. CBS Television (1974)
  • The Sky is Gray. American Short Story Series, PBS (1980)
  • A Gathering of Old Men. CBS Television (1987)
  • A Lesson Before Dying. HBO (1999)

Selected Criticism

Brown, Anne Gray. "Writing for life: 'Jefferson's Diary' as transformative text in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying." Southern Quarterly 47.1 (2009): 23-46. Print.

Cash, Wiley. "'What Men Dream About Doing': A Conversation with Ernest J. Gaines." Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 60.2 (2007): 289-304. Print.

Clark, Keith. "Que(e)rying the Prison-House of Black Male Desire: Homosociality in Ernest Gaines's 'Three Men.'" African American Review 40.2 (2006): 239-55. Print.

Daley, Katherine and Carolyn M. Jones. "Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying: Freedom in Confined Spaces." From the Plantation to the Prison: African-American Confinement Literature. ed. Tara T. Green. Macon: Mercer UP, 2008. 83-117. Print.

Herbert-Leiter, Maria. "A Breed Between: Racial Meditation in the Fiction of Ernest Gaines." MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 31.2 (2006): 95-117. Print.

Lambert, Raphaël. "Race and the Tragic Mode in Ernest J. Gaines's A Gathering of Old Men." Southern Literary Journal 42.2 (2010): 106-125. Print.

Stupp, Jason. "Living Death: Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying and the Execution of Willie Francis." Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States. ed. Katy Ryan. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2012. Print.

Thomières, Daniel. "Man's Way and Woman's Way in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 64, 1-2 (2011): 219-234. Print.

Wadia, Mickey. "Because the wind is pink: the waiting room as epicenter of physical and spiritual dysfunction in Ernest Gaines's 'The Sky Is Gray' and Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation.'" Tennessee Philological Bulletin 47 (2010): 46-61. Print.

Young, Reggie Scott. "Theoretical Influences and Experimental Resemblances: Ernest J. Gaines and Recent Critical Approaches to the Study of African American Fiction." Contemporary African American Fiction: New Critical Essays. ed. Dana A. Williams. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2009. 11-36. Print.

Works Translated