September 1, 1996
September 1, 1996
An old woman recalls her struggle against bigotry from her childhood during the Civil War to her participation in the twentieth-century civil rights demonstrations
Ernest J. Gaines's third novel, published in 1971, narrates, as if it were a work of oral history, the life story of a 110-year-old black woman in the South. Miss Jane Pittman was born into slavery and, during her long and eventful life, she experiences the problems of post-Civil War existence for freed slaves, falls in love but never marries, raises a child, and becomes involved in the rise of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Throughout, Miss Jane's story is told in the black vernacular language of her times. Gaines's achievement is to create both an authentic and vivid voice for his character, and to provide a convincing illumination of 100 years of American history through the experiences of one compelling woman.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Settings, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Politics, War + Military, Human Qualities + Behavior, Society + Social Issues, Historical Fiction, General, Peoples + Cultures, Philosophy, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Stages of Life
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Historical Fiction, War + Military, Stages of Life, Settings, Society + Social Issues, Philosophy, Politics
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: Ernest J. Gaines
- Online Item #: 13821528
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-76-1822
- ISBN: 9780553263572
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported