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Author Ernest Gaines on the Opportunities of African Americans in the Rural South

Gaines wrote "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "A Gathering of Old Men." He talks about growing up in rural Louisiana and his new novel, "A Lesson Before Dying," which brings together two black men -- one a teacher, the other a death row inmate.


Other segments from the episode on April 14, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 14, 1993: Obituary for Wallace Stegner; Interview with Ernest Gaines; Review of Roberto Colasso's novel "The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony."


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