‘A Louisiana treasure’: Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

Author Ernest Gaines at his home library in Oscar, La., on Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/, Paul Kieu)Paul Kieu / The Daily Advertiser via AP file

“He will be remembered for his powerful prose that placed the reader directly into the story of the old South, as only he could describe it.” Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died at 86.

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