Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines; Terence Parr
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780679455615, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 1997

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From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author
Ernest J. Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.About the editors RUSSELL L. PARR, CFA, ASA, is a Senior Vice President of AUS Consultants, where he assesses the value of intellectual property and advises his clients about the investment value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A sampling of his clients includes AT&T, Battelle, Pfizer, Silicon Graphics, TRW, and Exide Corp. He is the author of Intellectual Property: Licensing and Joint Venture Profit Strategies and three other books, and publisher of Licensing Economics Review. Mr. Parr holds an MBA and a BS in electrical engineering and is working toward a PhD in international business strategies. PATRICK H. SULLIVAN, PhD, is a founding partner in the ICM Group, a consulting company focused on extracting value from intellectual capital. He also develops business, financial, and technology strategies for technology-based enterprises and values intellectual assets for business and management use. A sampling of his clients includes Dow Chemical, Xerox, NASA, General Motors, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University. He is also affiliated with Law & Economics Consulting Group, an expert testimony firm. Dr. Sullivan has an undergraduate degree in engineering, a master's in R&D management, and a doctorate in business administration.

Praise For Lesson Before Dying

"This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives."- Chicago Tribune

"A Lesson Before Dying reconfirms Ernest J. Gaines's position as an important American writer."- Boston Globe

"Enormously moving... Gaines unerringly evokes the place and time about which he writes."- Los Angeles Times

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