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Afterword: Elizabeth Spencer: Mississippi Literary Trail Marker

Peggy Whitman Prenshaw
p. 277-279

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CARROLLTON, MISSISSIPPI, OCTOBER 5, 2019

I was pleased recently to participate in a special occasion that honored Elizabeth Spencer’s major contribution to the literary legacy of Mississippi and to the national achievement in letters. She is a daughter of Carrollton, Mississippi, and one can say she has carried Carrollton in her imagination throughout her life. The early novels, Fire in the Morning and This Crooked Way, had southern settings that Spencer knew well, the South of her childhood and young adulthood. In 1953, with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she set out for Italy, where she wrote her third novel, The Voice at the Back Door. I observed of those in attendance that day that some had lived in Carrollton then; some may even remember those years. By 1955, when she returned to Carrollton with her manuscript in hand, she thought she had a book that honestly explored southern racial troubles—and one that also offered the prospect of reconciliations.

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Peggy Whitman Prenshaw, « Afterword: Elizabeth Spencer: Mississippi Literary Trail Marker », Journal of the Short Story in English, 72 | 2019, 277-279.

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Peggy Whitman Prenshaw, « Afterword: Elizabeth Spencer: Mississippi Literary Trail Marker », 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/2612

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Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

Peggy Whitman Prenshaw is currently Humanities Scholar in Residence at Millsaps College and Fred C. Frey Professor Emerita, Louisiana State University. She is the author of Elizabeth Spencer (Twayne, 1985), editor of Conversations with Elizabeth Spencer (1991), among many other collections on Southern literature. Her most recent work is entitled Composing Selves: Southern Women and Autobiography (2011). She received a lifetime achievement award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and the Charles Frankel Prize for service to the humanities.

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