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.

Books By Ernest J. Gaines

Below is a list of titles by Ernest J. Gaines' that can be checked out of the Edith Garland Duprè Library. These books can be found outside of the Ernest J. Gaines Center (located on the 3rd floor of the Edith Garland Duprè Library) and in the General Collection, located on the 2nd floor of the Edith Garland Duprè Library. Translated versions and archival copies of Gaines's books are available for use in the Ernest J. Gaines Center.

Book Titles and Call Numbers

Catherine Carmier. Atheneum, 1964.                             PS3557 .A355 C36 1993


Of Love and Dust. Dial Press, 1967.                               PS3557 .A355 O4


Bloodline. Dial Press, 1968.                                             PS3557 .A355 B5


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Dial Press, 1971. PS3557 .A355 A9


In My Father’s House. Knopf, 1978.                                 PS3557 .A355 I5


A Long Day in November. Dial Press, 1971.                 PZ7 .G1275 LO

 

A Gathering of Old Men. Knopf, 1983.                             PS3557 .A355 G3 1983


Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays. Knopf, 2005.  PS3557 .A355 M697 2005


A Lesson Before Dying. Knopf, 1993.                             PS3557 .A355 L47 1993 

Gaines's Fiction on Film

  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Works Translated