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Susan Glaspell

SUSAN GLASPELL

  (1876 - 1948)

Nationality:    USA
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Susan Keating Glaspell (July 1, 1876 - July 27, 1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer, poet, and journalist. With her husband George Cram Cook, she founded the Provincetown Players, one of the first modern American Theater companies. During the Great Depression she served in the Works Progress Administration as Midwest Bureau Director of the Federal Theater Project. A best-selling author in her own time, Glaspell's novels fell out of print after her death, during which time she was remembered primarily for discovering Eugene O'Neil, and for Trifles (1916), a one-act play frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American Theater. Critical reassessment has led to renewed interest in her career, and she is today recognized as a pioneering feminist and America's first importANT modern female playwright.A prolific writer, Glaspell is known to have published over fifty short stories, nine novels, and fourteen plays.[6] Often set in her native Iowa, these semi-autobiographical tales frequently address contemporary issues, such as gender, ethics, and dissent, while featuring deep, sympathetic characters who make principled stands. - Wili

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below is a list of Susan Glaspell's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Alison's House         Bernice         Chains of Dew         Close the Book         Comic Artist, The         Inheritors         Outside, The         People, The         Springs Eternal         Suppressed Desires         Tickless Time         Trifles         Verge, The         Woman's Honor



Alison's House

Synopsis:
Inspired by the life and work of the American poet emily Dickinson, the play is set by Glaspell in her native Iowa. It is 18 years since Alison Stanhope, the country's foremost poet, died. Now the house she lived in must be sold, but it holds secrets. Did Alison sacrifice the man she loved for the sake of her family's reputation? And who do such sacrifices benefit? the play's struggles are set in 1899, on the cusp of the 20th Century in which very different values will come to prevail.

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winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1931

1st Produced:
eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre, 14th Street, New York    01 Dec 1930

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Bernice

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Chains of Dew

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-    1922

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Close the Book

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-    1917

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Comic Artist, The

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written by Susan Glaspell and Norman Matson

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-    1927

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Inheritors

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the play concerns the legacy of an idealistic farmer who wills his highly coveted midwest farmland to the establishment of a college (Act I.) Forty years later, when his granddaughter stands up for the rights of Hindu nationals to protest at the college her grandFather founded, she jeopardizes funding for the college itself and sets herself against her own uncle, the president of the institution's trustees (Acts II & III.) Ultimately, she defies her family's wishes, and as a consequence is bound for prison herself (Act IV.). the play was a stirring defense of free speech and an individual's ability to stand for his or her own ideal during a time of aggressive anti-Communist politics in the US.

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1st Produced:
Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts    1922

Organisations:
Provincetown Players

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Outside, The

Synopsis:
the plot centers on two women, Mrs. Patrick, Allie Mayo, who have exiled themselves from the world because of emotional pain caused by their husbands. Allie Mayo has refused to say an unnecessary word since the death of her husband (the Outside 51). Mrs. Patrick has returned to the place that she and her husband used to visit and had talked of buying to bury the things that hurt her. the main action of the play takes place in an abandoned life-saving station that Mrs. Patrick has recently bought, on the cape, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Three men, Bradford, Tony, and the Captain, fight to save a man who has drowned at their old station, now the house of Mrs. Patrick. the men have brought the victim to this place because of convenience, since the body was found only forty feet from the house, and out of habit, since they used to work from this location. At the end, it is Allie who tries to save Mrs. Patrick from the life that she wants.

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the Outside (1917) is the shortest and least written about plays by Susan Glaspell. She uses symbolism to convey the emptiness of Mrs. Patricks life on the outside. Glaspell uses the imagery of the station and the areas beyond to show that Mrs. Patrick is keeping herself away from the things she once knew. Glaspells use of symbolism aides the characters onstage as well as the audience in realizing the situation the women are facing.

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People, The

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Springs Eternal

Synopsis:
New York State, 1943. Author Owen is married to Margaret, but his ex-wife Harry is still very much present following her husband Stewies elopement with the much younger Dottie. the effect of World War II resonates as a damaging revelation about Owen and Harrys son emerges.

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Suppressed Desires

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written by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook

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-    1915

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Tickless Time

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written by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook

1st Produced:
-    1918

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Trifles

Synopsis:
the play is loosely based on the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell reported on while working as a news journalist for the Des Moines Daily News. Hossack's wife, Margaret, was accused of killing her husband. However, Margaret argued that an intruder had killed John with an axe. She was convicted but it was overturned on appeal.

Notes:
adapted into the short story A Jury of Her Peers (1917)

1st Produced:
Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts    08 Aug 1916

Organisations:
Provincetown Players

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Contained in: ""Women in Literature: Life Stages Through Stories, Poems and Plays" published by Prentice Hall 1988   -

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Verge, The

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1st Produced:
-    1921

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Woman's Honor

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1st Produced:
-    1918

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