Glaspell, Susan

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Glaspell, Susan

Glaspell, Susan (glăsˈpĕl), 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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Glaspell, Susan (Keating)

(1882–1948) playwright, novelist; born in Davenport, Iowa. Starting as a reporter in Des Moines, Iowa, she became known first as an author of short stories for magazines; her novels were never very successful. One of the founders in 1916 of the Provincetown Players with her husband George Cook Cram, she wrote several one-act plays for the troupe. In 1930 she won a Pulitzer Prize for Alison's House, a play about a spinster poet based in part on the life of Emily Dickinson. She wrote The Comic Artist with her second husband, Norman Matson; after its New York failure in 1933, she retired from the theater.
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