ERNEST GAINES - INSCRIBED TYPESCRIPT SIGNED 08/28/1980 - HFSID 23025
Sale Price $144.00
Ernest Gaines signs a typescript of his 1971 historical novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which followed the life of a Black woman from slavery to the Civil Rights movement.
Typescript inscribed and signed: "Tom -- Best to you always, Ernest J. Gaines/Aug 28, 1980/San Francisco", 1p, 8½x11. The opening paragraphs of his 1971 historical novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which followed the life of a Black woman from slavery to the Civil Rights movement. Headed: "THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN/BOOK I/THE WAR YEARS/The Soldiers". In part: "It was a day something like right now, dry, hot, and dusty dusty. It might'a'been July, I'm not too sure, but it was July or August. Burning up, I won't ever forget. The Secesh Army, they came by first...But these was the same ones, mind you, who had told their people they wouldn't be late for supper. That was before--when the war was just getting started--when they thought fighting a war was nothing but another day's work. 'Don't put my food up', they said. Don't put it up and don't give it away." The book was made into a television movie starring Cicely Tyson in the title role. First televised on CBS on January 31, 1974, the drama won nine Emmy Awards. The title character was based on his maternal aunt, Augusteen Jefferson, who raised Gaines. Ernest J. Gaines (born in 1933), published his first short story in 1956 and has written eight novels. He is currently writer in residence at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Light crease at upper margin touches the "J". Fine condition.
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