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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Susan Glaspell: Selected full-text books and articles

Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times By Linda Ben-Zvi Oxford University Press, 2005
FREE! Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays By 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" By Holstein, Suzy Clarkson The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 3, Spring 2003
The Pulitzer Prize Plays, 1918-1934 By 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 By Susan Glaspell Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1927
Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender By 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 By 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 By Laurie Champion Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Susan Keating Glaspell (1876-1948)" begins on p. 133
Difference in View: Women and Modernism By 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 By Carpentier, Martha C Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2, Autumn 2007
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Playwrights of the New American Theater By 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 By William W. Demastes University of Alabama Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "The Provincetown Players' Experiments with Realism"
Our American Theatre By Oliver M. Sayler Brentano's, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Provincetown Players"
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