Famed Louisiana author Ernest Gaines has reportedly died at the age of 86.
Gaines, a Pointe Coupee Parish native, reportedly died Tuesday morning. He received acclaim for several of his novels, with his book “A Lesson Before Dying” making an appearance on “Oprah’s Book Club” in 1997.
The University of Louisiana described Gaines’ accomplishments and writing in the following: “Gaines based his award-winning novels on the African American experience in the rural South. His works include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and A Lesson Before Dying (1993), both later produced as award-winning films. Gaines’s generous donation of his early papers and manuscripts (through 1983) and some artifacts to Edith Garland Dupré Library provided the foundation for the Center’s collection. The Center also anticipates acquiring the remainder of Gaines’s papers.”