Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell (glăs´pĕl), 1876–1948, American author, b. Davenport, Iowa, grad. Drake Univ. She married the playwright George Cram Cook (1913) and with him organized (1915) the Provincetown Players, an avant-garde theater group in Massachusetts. She wrote several plays for the company, including the one-acts Suppressed Desires (written with her husband, 1916) and Trifles (1916). She also served as actress and producer. Her longer plays include The Inheritors (1921) and Alison's House (1930; Pulitzer Prize). In addition she wrote several novels, short stories, and a biography of Cook, The Road to the Temple (1926).

See biography by B. Ozieblo (2001).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times
Linda Ben-Zvi.
Oxford University Press, 2005
Susan Glaspell's Century of American Women: A Critical Interpretation of Her Work
Veronica Makowsky.
Oxford University Press, 1993
FREE! Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays
Rank Shay; Pierre Loving.
Stewart & Kidd, 1920
Librarian’s tip: "Trifles: A Play" by Susan Glaspell begins on p. 361
Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's "Trifles"
Holstein, Suzy Clarkson.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 3, Spring 2003
The Pulitzer Prize Plays, 1918-1934
Kathryn Coe; William H. Cordell.
Random House, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "Alison's House" by Susan Glaspell begins on p. 649
The Road to the Temple
Susan Glaspell.
Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1927
Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell
Martha C. Carpentier; Barbara Ozieblo.
Rodopi, 2006
Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender
Jerilyn Fisher; Ellen S. Silber.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Women Righting Wrongs: Morality and Justice in Susan Glaspell's Trifles" begins on p. 289
Evolution and Eugenics in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1940: Essays on Ideological Conflict and Complicity
Lois A. Cuddy; Claire M. Roche.
Bucknell University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Eugenics and the Experimental Breeding Ground of Susan Glaspell's The Verge" begins on p. 203
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Susan Keating Glaspell (1876-1948)" begins on p. 133
Difference in View: Women and Modernism
Gabriele Griffin.
Taylor & Francis, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "'Meeting the Outside': The Theatre of Susan Glaspell"
The Deracinated Self: Immigrants, Orphans, and the "Migratory Consciousness" of Willa Cather and Susan Glaspell
Carpentier, Martha C.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2, Autumn 2007
Playwrights of the New American Theater
Thomas H. Dickinson.
The Macmillan Company, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "Susan Glaspell and Zoe Akins" begins on p. 208
Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition
William W. Demastes.
University of Alabama Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "The Provincetown Players' Experiments with Realism"
Our American Theatre
Oliver M. Sayler.
Brentano's, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Provincetown Players"
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