January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009
Miss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines's now-classic novel--written as an autobiography--spans one hundred years of Miss Jane's remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. It is a story of courage and survival, history, bigotry, and hope--as seen through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all. A historical tour de force, a triumph of fiction, Miss Jane's eloquent narrative brings to life an important story of race in America--and stands as a landmark work for our time.
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: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Historical Fiction, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Historical / United States / 19th Century
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Historical / United States / 19th Century, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Historical Fiction
- Publisher: Dial Pr
- Pages: 259
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: January 27, 2009
- Author: Ernest J. Gaines
- Online Item #: 11321989
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1123
- ISBN: 9780385342780
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported