Ernest J Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying, dies aged 86
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The acclaimed, award-winning novelist was known for his stories of the African American experience in the south

The novelist Ernest J Gaines, whose poor childhood in a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86.

The Louisiana governor’s office on Tuesday released word of his death. Continue reading

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