Scholar Keith Clark is the author of the thoughtful and useful book Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers (2020). I read the book when it was first published, and when I was formulating ideas for Remarkable Receptions, I knew I wanted Clark to contribute.
For his episode, he wrote about Ernest Gaines's movies and film. Early on, Clark writes that "Ernest J. Gaines has had the fortune of having many works made into movies, including the short story “The Sky Is Gray” and novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson before Dying. But his first major celluloid success occurred in 1974, the year CBS made his Pulitzer-nominated novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman into what immediately became an instant classic."