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The Voice At the Back Door

(1956)
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Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
In the mid-1950's, the town of Lacey in the Mississippi hill country is a pace where the lives of blacks and whites, though seemingly separate, are in fact historically and inevitable intertwined. When Lacey's fair-haires boy, Duncan Harper, is appointed interim sheriff, he makes public his private convictions about the equality of blacks before the law, and the combined threat and promise he represents to the understood order of things in Lacey affects almost every member of the community. In the end, Harper succeeds in pointing the way for individuals, both black and white, to find a more harmonious coexistence, but at a sacrifice all must come to regret.

In The Voice at the Back Door, Mississippi native Elizabeth Spencer gives form to many voices that shaped her view of race relations while growing up, and at the same time discovers her own voice - one of hope. Employing her extraordinary literary powers - Spencer makes palpable the psychological milieu of a small southern town hobbled by tradition but lurching toward the dawn of the civil rights movement. First published in 1956, The Voice at the Back Door is Spencer's most highly praised novel yet, and her last to treat small-town life in Mississippi.


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June 1956 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Voice at the Back Door
Author(s): Elizabeth, Spencer
ISBN: 0-07-060188-7 / 978-0-07-060188-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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March 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Voice at the Back Door: A Novel (Voices of the South)
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
ISBN: 0-8071-1927-X / 978-0-8071-1927-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: LSU Press
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December 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Voice at the Back Door
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
ISBN: 0-380-70104-9 / 978-0-380-70104-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The voice at the back door
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
ISBN: 0-8094-3667-1 / 978-0-8094-3667-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
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1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The voice at the back door (Time reading program special edition)
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
ISBN: 0-8094-3666-3 / 978-0-8094-3666-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
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1964 : USA Paperback
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Title: Voice at Back Door
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
ISBN: 0-451-02410-9 / 978-0-451-02410-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Kindle Editions

March 1994 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Voice at the Back Door: A Novel (Voices of the South)
Author(s): Elizabeth Spencer
Publisher: LSU Press
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