By Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson sooner than loss of life, gained the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award for fiction, used to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and used to be an Oprah booklet membership decide. Gaines has been a MacArthur starting place fellow, provided the nationwide Humanities Medal, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. He lives in Oscar, Louisiana along with his spouse.

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Then, just as suddenly as he had disappeared, Bambino returned. But even after Sam placed the second announcement in the papers, people continued to bring cats to his home as a way to meet their favorite author. A few months after Bambino’s return, Sam took to wearing all-white suits year-round—a reminder of the suits he wore during the summers of his happier days when his entire family was alive. This is often how he is remembered today. Whether Bambino’s return really had anything to do with Sam’s decision is something only Sam and Bambino would know.

As to being on the verge of being a sick man, I don’t take any stock in that. ” “Look at Papa,” Clara whispered. ” “He looks happier than he’s been in a long time,” Jean whispered back, putting an arm around her sister. Bambino blinked his blue eyes and purred. Author’s Note In November 1904 Samuel L. Clemens—known to the world by his pen name, Mark Twain—moved to 21 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Joining him was his youngest daughter, Jean; his housekeeper, Katy Leary; and a black cat named Bambino.

Five months before Bambino and Mr. Twain starts, Sam’s wife, Olivia (“Livy”), died. Not only were they deeply in love, but Livy was also Sam’s editor. She helped Sam bring Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and his other classic stories to life. When Livy died, Sam felt as if his reason for writing had died, too. When Sam moved to the Fifth Avenue house, he closed his door to the world. But in the spring of 1905, everything changed when Bambino, who had been Sam’s constant companion, disappeared out an open window.

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