Susan Glaspell

Radical Woman

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"A clock is a little machine that shuts us out from the wonder of time."

+Born in 1876 in Davenport, Iowa.

+Parents were Elmer Glaspell, a hay farmer, and Alice Keating, a public school teacher.

+Had a very conservative upbringing.

+Two brother; one older and one younger.

+Started working at a local newspaper in high school.

+By age 18, she authored a weekly 'Society' column which criticized Davenport's upper class.

+Philosophy major at Drake University.

+Day after gradation , started working full-time for Des Moines Daily News.

+Inspired by a case, she went back to Davenport and wrote Trifles, a one-act play involving a woman accused of murdering her abusive husband (this was the start of her radicalism).

+Married George Cram Cook in 1913 and moved to New York City.

+Both active in the first avant-garde artistic movement and eventually founded Provincetown Players, a nonprofit theatre company.

+A leading member of Heterodoxy, an early feminist debating group.

+Discovered Eugene O'Neill who is now considered the greatest playwright in American history.

+Supported her husband and herself by submitting short stories to top periodicals for publication.

+Known as "a central figure in the development of the modern American short story."

+Died of viral pneumonia in 1948 in Cape Cod.

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a d'moiselles production in NYC

Other Works

One-Act Plays

+Trifles (1916), adapted into the short story A Jury of Her Peers (1917)

  • +Close the Book (1917)
  • +Woman's Honor (1918)
  • +Tickless Time (1918), co-written with George Cook

  • Novels

    +The Glory of the Conquered (1909).

  • +Fidelity (1915).
  • +Brook Evans (1928).
  • +Fugitive's Return (1929).

  • Full Length Plays

    +Bernice (1919).

    +The Verge (1921).

  • +The Comic Artist (1927), co-written with Norman Matson.
  • +Alison's House (1930), winner of 1931 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.