A Lesson Before Dying is a novel by Ernest J. Gaines that was first published in 1993.


See a complete list of the characters in A Lesson Before Dying and in-depth analyses of Grant Wiggins, Jefferson, Sheriff Sam Guidry, and Tante Lou.

Literary Devices

Here's where you will find analysis of the key literary devices in A Lesson Before Dying.


Read thoughtful brief essays on A Lesson Before Dying as well as suggested essay topics.

Further Study

Enhance your understanding of A Lesson Before Dying by learning more about Ernest J. Gaines and background on the novel's publication.


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