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Of Love and Dust (Gaines) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—January 15, 1933
Where—Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, USA
Education—B.A., San Francisco State University; fellowiship
   to Stanford University
Awards—Wallace Stegner Fellow, 1957; National Endowment
   for the Arts grant, 1967; Dos Passos Prize, 1993; MacArthur
   Foundation fellow, 1993; National Book Critics Award, 1993;
   National Humanities Medal, 2000; he American Academy of
   Arts and Letters, 2000; Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters 
   (France), 2000.
Currently—lives in San Francisco and Oscar, Louisiana


Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements.

In addition to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Mr. Gaines is also the author of A Lesson Before Dying, A Gathering of Old Men, Bloodline, and Of Love and Dust.

In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana. (From Wikipedia.)




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