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Mozart and Leadbelly Stories and Essays

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ISBN-10: 1400096456

ISBN-13: 9781400096459

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ernest J. Gaines, Reggie Young, Marcia Gaudet

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In this collection of stories and essays, the beloved author of the classic, best-selling novel "A Lesson Before Dying" shares the inspirations behind his books and his reasons for becoming a writer. Told in the simple and powerful prose that is a hallmark of his craft, these writings by Ernest J. Gaines faithfully evoke the sorrows and joys of rustic Southern life. From his depiction of his childhood move to California -- a move that propelled him to find books that conjured the sights, smells, and locution of his native Louisiana home -- to his description of the real-life murder case that gave him the idea for his masterpiece, this wonderful collection is a revelation of both man and…    
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ernest James Gaines was born on January 15, 1933, on the River Lake Plantation, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Gaines has been a MacArthur Foundation fellow, awarded the National Humanities Medal, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. Although he was educated in California (at San Francisco State College and Stanford University), his fiction is dominated by images and characters drawn from rural Louisiana, where he was born and raised. Unquestionably the most recognizable, and probably the best, of Gaines's novels is The…    

Introduction
Essays Miss Jane and I Mozart and Leadbelly
A Very Big Order: Reconstructing Identity Bloodline in Ink
Aunty and the Black Experience in Louisiana Writing
A Lesson Before Dying Stories Christ Walked Down Market Street
The Turtles Boy in the Double-Breasted Suit Mary Louise
My Grandpa and the Haint
In His Own Words: Ernest J. Gaines in Conversation A Literary Salon
Oyster/Shrimp Po’boys, Chardonnay, and Conversation