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GAINES--Ernest J. The American Academy of Arts and Letters notes with sorrow the death of the writer of Louisiana who married the traditions of oral storytelling and literary narrative to illuminate the heritage of the African-American South.

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November 7, 2019

Dear Family of Mr. Ernest Gaines:
Ernest was a fantastic writer. I saw the movie "The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" with actress, Ms. Cicely Tyson. He will truly be missed by all the people whose hearts, and souls that he touched. I just wanted to reach out to all of you. Please always remember that you all loved Ernest, but God who is truly awesome will love him best. "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY WILL BE COMFORTED" MATTHEW...