The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a classic work from the award-winning author of A LESSON BEFORE DYING.
A novel about one woman's courageous battle for freedom.
In the tape-recorded recollections of 110-year-old Miss Jane Pittman, she tells of the major events in her life from her time as a slave in the American South at the end of the civil war, to witnessing the black militancy of the 1960s. A legendary figure, this heroine's clear and memorable voice tells her story and the story of the black community within American history.
Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that exudes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. - Life
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. - Newsweek
Ernest Gaines may just be the best black writer in America. He is so good, in fact, that he makes the category seem meaningless. - Time