The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Paperback - 1972
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"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in The Sound And The Fury ." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek .

"Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner's Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, Life
Publisher: New York, Bantam Books, 1972.
ISBN: 9780553263572
Branch Call Number: F-Gai
Characteristics: x, 246 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Call Number: F-Gai


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Jun 12, 2019

Absolutely outstanding are perhaps the only words I can use to describe this book, and they barely begin to cover it. There truly are no words to how amazing this story is. I loved every page.

A sweeping epic in its own right, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman tells the story of a woman who saw the end of slavery as a young girl, and lived her life through the end of the nineteenth century, through the twentieth century, all the way into the Civil Rights era. Utterly stunning, and a tale that will grab your attention from page one to the very last word.

Mar 23, 2015

"America is for all us," he said, "and all of America is for all of us."
A moving and sweeping story of a woman who grew up a slave, was freed, and lived through decades of change and tumult, right up to the civil rights era. Ernest Gaines writes in the first person and captures a uniquely American voice: fierce, tough, observant, and unwilling to fail. Made into a movie with Cicely Tyson. Also see Gaines's "Lesson Before Dying."


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