Ernest J. Gaines Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0163

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of one uncorrected proof copy of In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines and a holograph manuscript fragment of 32 pages front and back of the same title.

Dates

  • circa 1970s

Biographical Note - Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines, a prominent African-American writer, was born on January 15, 1933. He grew up in the slave quarters of a plantation in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, a place which had an important influence on his fiction. He received his early education there in a schoolroom in a plantation church. When he was fifteen he moved to Vallejo, California to live with his mother and step-father. When he was seventeen he wrote his first novel. It was rejected by a publisher. He later rewrote it and published it as Catherine Carmier.

He served with the Army for two years and won a writing fellowship to Stanford University. Among his many published works are his novels The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971); A Lesson Before Dying (1993); and In My Father’s House (1978). Several of his works have been made into film, most notably the television version of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman which aired in 1974. Gaines received many honors and awards for his work.

After 1984, he divided his time between San Francisco and Lafayette, Louisiana where he taught a creative writing workshop every fall at the University of Louisiana.

He died on November 5, 2019.

Extent

.42 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This small collection consists of one uncorrected proof copy of In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines and a holograph manuscript fragment of 32 pages front and back of the same title.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This small collection was a gift from John Peede to Vanderbilt University in June of 1997.

Title
Finding Aid for the Ernest J. Gaines Collection
Status
Completed
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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