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A cofounder of the Provincetown Players and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was one of the first female playwrights. Although long neglected, the four plays collected in this critical edition reveal the thoroughly modern nature of her concerns. Trifles (1916) develops a feminist critique of social role, while The Outside (1917) stages a deb ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published July 31st 1987 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 2nd 1987)
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Runa
Feb 15, 2015 Runa rated it really liked it
I have no idea why Susan Glaspell isn't more famous - I don't know how well her plays would translate to the stage (and, to be honest, I can't imagine them being very successful in performance) but they read like Virginia Woolf writing drama. "The Verge" in particular was mindblowing, with a stunning control of symbolism, language and pace. Would love to read more.
Bibi
May 14, 2014 Bibi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for college course. Nothing to write home about.
Brenda
I read this because I couldn't find the short story A Jury of Her Peers to read again, and found out it had been adapted from the play Trifles. The two are almost identical and I was really glad to find this. I also really liked Inheritors, although it took a bit for me to warm up to it.

I can't remember the others except that I thought they were literary feminism, but I liked Trifles and Inheritors enough to read again.
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Oct 15, 2008 Mandy Jones rated it liked it
An often overlooked female playwright. This collection is amazing, and is based on an actual countryside murder that was never actually solved.
Wendy Fall
Aug 06, 2014 Wendy Fall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coursework
Trifles is a good short play.
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Susan Keating Glaspell (July 1, 1876 – July 27, 1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet. She was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, one of the most important collaboratives in the development of modern drama in the United States. She also served in the Works Progress Administration as Midwest Bureau Director of the Feder ...more
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