Professor Jessica Hooten Wilson is joined by Jack Heller to discuss Ernest Gaines’ 8th novel published in 1993, A Lesson Before Dying. Together they discuss the themes of preparing ourselves for our own deaths and what is a personal worth.

The Scandal of Reading is sponsored by Brazos Press.

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Information on the Host: Jessica Hooten Wilson is a Senior Fellow at Trinity Forum, the inaugural Visiting Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University, and the author of several books, including The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary SaintsLearning the Good Life: From the Great Hearts and Minds that Came Before, and Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov

Learn more about Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson.

Information on Jack Heller: Dr. Jack Heller received his Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in August 1997. His primary research interests include Renaissance drama, Shakespeare, other 16th and 17th century literature, religious studies, and African American literature. Dr. Heller’s other interests include attending movies and live theater, traveling, baking bread, reading (that never gets old), and the music of Bob Dylan.


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