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A Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines

Emest J. Gaines was born January 15, 1933, in Oscar, Louisiana, and began his life among cotton pickers in the old slaves' quarters at River Lake Plantation. Although he moved as a teenager to California and now lives most of the year in San Francisco, Gaines returns in real life each year and repeatedly in his fiction to southern Louisiana. Following the highly successful The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, (also covered in Literature and Its Times), A Gathering of Old Men continues the exploration of race, gender, and color central to Gaines's writing.

Events in History at the Time of the Novel

Agricultural revolution in the South. A Gathering of Old Men takes place on a former Southern sugarcane plantation run by a white man, Marshall, and his daughter, Candy. The only people left on the plantation...

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