Ernest James Gaines (b. 1933) Signed Photo, "Dear Tina - Best always, Ernie Gaines", 5.5 x 8.5, May 27, probably 1971, of the smiling author standing, With Handwritten Letter Signed on the Reverse, "Best, Ernie Gaines", book jacket photo that he mentions in his letter, by the African-American author whose works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Four of his works have been made into television movies. The handwritten letter In Part: "San Francisco/Dear Tina: This is all I have - the back of one of my book jackets. I hope you will accept it. In fine condition, with irregular right edge.