Landscapes of the Heart (Voices of the South Series) / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807129166
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Voices of the South Series
  • Edition description: First LSU Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,277,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Spencer lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of nine novels, including The Voice at the Back Door, The Salt Line,The Night Travellers, and This Crooked Way, and several short fiction collections, most recently The Southern Woman. Her work has been widely translated and has merited numerous awards. She is a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
List of Illustrations xv
Part 1 The Circled World
1. Riding Out 3
2. The Town 6
3. The McCains 8
4. A Christian Education 18
5. Down on Teoc 24
6. Malmaison and the Choctaw Chief 39
7. The Spencers 48
8. Religion 61
9. The Old Ladies 68
10. Field of Battle 79
11. Some Old Gentlemen and Others 89
12. The Day Before 99
Part 2 School
13. Miss Jennie and Miss Willie 109
14. Growing Pains 118
15. Some Social Notes 132
16. The Poet 138
17. "Them" 145
18. College 160
Part 3 Widening Orbits
19. Vanderbilt Days 173
20. Vanderbilt and Beyond 186
21. The Magic Summer 213
22. The Gulf Coast 230
23. New York and Beyond 246
24. Return to Italy 261
25. Homecoming 286
26. Leave-taking 292
27. Writing in New York 299
28. Places to Come To 307
29. The Road Back 328
Index 335
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