• The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a fictional novel by Ernest Gaines.
• In the short introduction, the novel’s editor explains that he finally convinced Jane Pittman to share her life’s story during the summer of 1962, after years of pleading for the opportunity.
• As an educator, the narrator acknowledges the value of the glimpse of history that Miss Jane could provide from more than 100 years of living, a history that has been excluded from textbooks.
• By recording Jane Pittman’s words, and also using the collective knowledge of her associates to fill in the gaps left by lapses in the woman’s memory, the editor puts together a story that he believes reflects the experience of an entire people.
Book 1: The War Years (Soldiers – Heading South)
• In “Soldiers,” the first chapter of Book One, Confederate troops are fleeing across a plantation on a summer day...
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