A Great Literary Voice of the American South

“Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story” is a documentary film offering a window into an extraordinary author's life and work, viewed through the prism of her Southern lineage. It features archival photography and film clips, re-enactments, and interviews with many of today’s most important writers of the American South.

Three years before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Spencer authored “The Voice at the Back Door,” one of the earliest novels recounting racial tension in the South. Recommended for a 1957 Pulitzer Prize that was never awarded, her early works are now viewed as among the most important literature from a female writer of the 1950s and 1960s. This film shares the story of a remarkable literary career and a courageous woman, still writing today, whose books and stories about race, class, gender and politics continue to inspire.


Elizabeth Spencer, one of the great voices of American literature, has in Landscapes of the Heart the biographical documentary she deserves. It tells the story of a long and complicated life, of a woman whose talent and intellect and sheer desire took her from her home in Mississippi and sent her around the world. The beauty of it all made me cry.
— Daniel Wallace, Author of "Big Fish" and "The Kings and Queens of Roam"

NEXT Showings:  

Sunday, January 15, 2015, at 3:00pm and Friday, January 20, 2015, at 8:00pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting

©2014 Landscapes of the Heart is a production of Catfish Productions LLC