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“It’s better if you let it sit and wait a while”: An Interview with Elizabeth Spencer

Marcel Arbeit
p. 25-34

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en juin 2021.

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The interview took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in January 2009. An excerpt from it was previously published in Czech translation in A2, no. 17 (2011): 8.

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Marcel Arbeit: Your novella The Light in the Piazza was recently adapted into a Broadway musical, and it was a huge success. How did the project start, and what share did you have in it? Did they allow you to influence its shape?

Elizabeth Spencer: Oh, they were very very open and friendly towards me from the very first moment. It started about 1998; my agent called me when I was just coming to New York, and he said that there was a young man interested in doing a musical version of The Light in the Piazza. “Could you see him in New York?” Well, the only time I had on the short visit was breakfast, so he came to the hotel and we went out to breakfast and talked. He is a very attractive young man, who looks a lot younger than he actually is; his name is Adam Guettel; he’s the grandson of the famous composer Richard Rodger...

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Marcel Arbeit, « “It’s better if you let it sit and wait a while”: An Interview with Elizabeth Spencer », Journal of the Short Story in English, 72 | 2019, 25-34.

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Marcel Arbeit, « “It’s better if you let it sit and wait a while”: An 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/2633

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Marcel Arbeit

Marcel Arbeit is Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Palacký University Olomouc in the Czech Republic. He is the author of a monograph on the novels of Fred Chappell and Cormac McCarthy published in 2006 (in Czech) and the main editor of the three-volume Bibliography of American Literature in Czech Translation (2000). He co-edited the Mississippi Quarterly special issue on Lewis Nordan (2007, with Thomas Ærvold Bjerre), The (Un)Popular South (2011, with M. Thomas Inge), and Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past (2015, with Ian Christie), and edited The South from Elsewhere (2014). His recent publications focus on Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, Harry Crews, Richard Ford, Lewis Nordan, and Chris Offutt. Between 2005 and 2013 he was the President of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the Moravian Journal of Literature and Film.

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