The Southern Woman: Selected Fiction

The Southern Woman: Selected Fiction

by Elizabeth Spencer

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The Southern Woman: Selected Fiction by Elizabeth Spencer

Born in rural Carrollton, Mississippi, Elizabeth Spencer has been writing masterly stories and novellas about Southerners for more than half a century. The Southern Woman collects the best of Spencer’s shorter fiction and displays her range of place–the agrarian South, Italy in the decade after the Second World War, the gray-sky North, and the contemporary Sun Belt. In “The Little Brown Girl,” Maybeth discovers the limits of friendship in a racially divided world. In the elegiac “The Cousins,” a group of Southerners roams through Italy, brushing with love and regret and the grip of family. Also included is “The Light in the Piazza,” the novella about an American woman and her daughter in Florence that brought Spencer widespread acclaim and was adapted for both the screen and the Broadway stage. In this capstone collection, Elizabeth Spencer firmly claims her place in the distinguished heritage of the Southern short story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812980769
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Modern Library Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Spencer, the acclaimed author of several novels and short-story collections, is a five-time recipient of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. She was brought up in Mississippi during the Depression, at a time when tales of the Civil War lingered and segregation seemed permanent. Spencer’s wanderings took her to Italy in 1953, to Montreal in 1958, and back home to the South in 1986. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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