Landscapes of the Heart by Elizabeth Spencer
A Memoir

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With charm and vivid detail, the acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Spencer acquaints readers with the places and people, the pleasures and heartaches, she has known in her life. From her idyllic childhood in small-town Mississippi onward, a questioning spirit and voracity for reading and writing shape Spencer’s course: her formal and informal educations at Vanderbilt and in Rome, Florence, New York, and Montreal, and her break with the culturally rigid segregated society from which she sprang; her friendships with such great writers as Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, and Robert Penn Warren; and her own many remarkable literary successes. A deeply affecting memoir by an esteemed American author, Landscapes of the Heart reveals Spencer to be both a part of and forever apart from her beloved southern roots.
 

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Elizabeth Spencer is the author of more than a dozen collections of stories & novels. Born in 1921 in Carrollton, Mississippi, she currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 
Published August 1, 2003 by LSU Press. 364 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Spencer's preference for remembering her hometown's nurturing goodness, rather than the flaws that drove her out, is illustrated by her refusal to revisit the decrepit remains of once-grand mansions inhabited by family and friends: ``Where Carrollton is concerned it seems a desecration to recogni...

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Growing up in a snobbish, straitlaced, Mississippi town in the 1930s, novelist and story writer Spencer, who was born in 1921, rebelled against an old-fashioned Southern way of life that she mockingly

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Growing up in a snobbish, straitlaced, Mississippi town in the 1930s, novelist and story writer Spencer, who was born in 1921, rebelled against an old-fashioned Southern way of life that she mockingly calls ""as rigidly bounded as a high-security prison."" Her fiction, exploring such themes as ra...

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Spencer wrote an extraordinary new introduction for it, in which she lamented that the idealists she’d written of no longer existed in the newly polarized Mississippi—anyone who thought he might improve the racial divide through politics would have to be naive as well as “a lunatic.” She noted th...

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