Literary Giant Ernest Gaines Dies Age 86

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Ernest Gaines, award winning novelist, died in his sleep of cardiac arrest on November 5, 2019. (Courtesy of Ernest J. Gaines Center at Edith Garland Dupré Library)

Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, who explored the hardships of African Americans living in rural Louisiana, died in his home in Oscar, Louisiana, on November 5. The acclaimed author of “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” was 86. 

Gaines died in his sleep of cardiac arrest, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation confirmed to The Associated Press (AP).

“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Ernest J. Gaines, a native Louisianan who used his immense vision and literary talents to tell the stories of African Americans in the South,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement. “We are all blessed that Ernest left words and stories that will continue to inspire many generations to come.”

The Baton Rouge Area…

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