Ernest J. Gaines


Ernest J. Gaines was born in Oscar, Louisiana, United States on January 15th, 1933 and is the Novelist. At the age of 86, Ernest J. Gaines biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 15, 1933
United States
Place of Birth
Oscar, Louisiana, United States
Death Date
Nov 5, 2019 (age 86)
Zodiac Sign
Novelist, Teacher
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Ernest J. Gaines Life

Ernest James Gaines (January 15, 1933 – November 5, 2019) was an American author whose books have been published in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Chinese.

Four of his books were turned into television films. A Lesson Before Dying, his 1993 book, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

Gaines received the National Humanities Medal from the MacArthur Foundation and was accepted as a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Artists and Letters).


Ernest J. Gaines Awards


  • National Medal of Arts 2012
  • Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature (2012)
  • American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award (2001)
  • The F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature award that is given annually in Rockville, Maryland, the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried as part of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival (2001).
  • Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Art and Letters (France) (2000)
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Department of Literature (2000)
  • The Governor's Arts Award (2000)
  • The Louisiana Writer Award (2000)
  • National Humanities Medal (2000)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1993)
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow (1993)
  • Dos Passos Prize (1993)
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree from Whittier College (1986)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (1971)
  • National Endowment for the Arts grant (1967)
  • Wallace Stegner Fellow (1957)