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Susan Glaspell

  • Birth 1 Jul 1876 Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 27 Jul 1948 Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 10367080

Writer, Author of Trifles, Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer in 1931.She was an American playwright. She and her husband George Cram Cook were cofounders of the Provincetown Players and a prominent playwright for them. This influential theatrical organization, formed in 1915, produced Eugene O'Neill's first plays. It became the Playwrights Theater, which produced Broadway plays during the twenties. She gained recognition with 2 excellent 1 act plays. In "Trifles" (1916), 2 farmers' wives accompany their husbands on an investigation of a farmer's death. The women spot trifles that show why the wife was driven to kill the farmer. "Suppressed Desires" (1915) is a lively satire on psychoanalysis and freedom of expression and action. She won a Pulitzer Prize for "Alison's House" (1930). This play tells of a struggle in the family of a dead poet over whether to publish the poet's poems. The poet represents Emily Dickinson. During later years, she turned to writing short stories and novels, maintaining her truthful portrayals of life with its psychological tensions. She graduated from Drake University and worked as a journalist on the staff of the Des Moines Daily News. When her stories began appearing in magazines such as Harper's and The Ladies' Home Journal, she gave up the newspaper business. In 1915 she met and later married George Cram Cook, a talented stage director. The Players were a remarkable gathering of actors, directors and writers. The troupe included Eugene O'Neill and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Much of her writing is strongly feminist, dealing with the roles that women play, or are forced to play, in society and the relationships between men and women. She wrote more than 10 plays for the Provincetown Players, including "Women's Honor" (1918), "Bernice"(1919), "The Inheritors" (1921)and "The Verge" (1922). They moved to New York City in 1922, where she continued to write, mostly fiction. Susan Glaspell originally wrote "A Jury of Her Peers" as a play entitled Trifles. She wrote the play in 10 days for the Provincetown Players.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Glaspell (1 Jul 1876–27 Jul 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10367080, citing Snow Cemetery, Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .