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“all writing is taken from something known about or experienced as a base”: A Composite Interview with Elizabeth Spencer

Gérald Préher
p. 35-48

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When I met Elizabeth Spencer on May 4, 2006, I did not know it would be the beginning of a long-lasting friendship. This first meeting, which Ms. Spencer had planned carefully, inviting the renowned scholar Louis D. Rubin along, was one of many. The following interview reflects annual summer visits to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and ongoing exchanges with Ms. Spencer that took place between 2006 and 2019.

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Gérald Préher: How did you come to writing in the first place?

Elizabeth Spencer: I started writing because I loved stories especially those my mother read to me before I learned to write. We were very close, I told her a lot. She started me off on good literature. She had very good tastes. So from the earliest time on, she read to me a great deal. I loved to be read to and she would read good things to me. So that went on for many years like that. I tried telling them in my head and after that, writing them down. At first they were derived from fairy stories and the like.

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Gérald Préher, « “all writing is taken from something known about or experienced as a base”: A Composite Interview with Elizabeth Spencer », Journal of the Short Story in English, 72 | 2019, 35-48.

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Gérald Préher, « “all writing is taken from something known about or experienced as a base”: A Composite Interview with Elizabeth Spencer », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 72 | Spring 2019, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2021, consulté le 28 novembre 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2462

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Gérald Préher

Gérald Préher is Professor of American Studies at Lille Catholic University (France) and a member of the CIRPaLL (University of Angers, France). He defended a doctoral dissertation on southern literature and has written essays on various 19th and 20th century writers. He co-edited several collections of essays on American literature, is the editor of the Journal of the Short Story in English and the general editor of the review Résonances. He recently published a study of Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter as part of a book on Solitude and Community in the Novel (Atlande), has a forthcoming monograph on Elizabeth Spencer and a volume dedicated to Richard Ford in the Understanding Contemporary American Literature series.

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