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Plays by Susan Glaspell

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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
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Published September 13th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 2nd 1987)
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
In college, I'm pretty sure the only female playwright we studied was Lillian Hellman but I would've welcomed learning about Glaspell, too, whose four plays here show a great deal of risk, introspection, stagecraft, and complexity. I don't think I've ever fully appreciated her one-act "Trifles" until now and her politically-informed "Inheritors" -- about the founding of a midwestern college and then its legacy -- has lost none of its relevance. "The Verge," an expressionist bit of madness, is pr ...more
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Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
As many people do, I read Trifles in school. Years later, I thought I'd revisit Susan Glaspell. I do think her writing is really worthwhile, both in the prose and the ideas but the three other plays in this collection strained my patience though the scripts are not very long. If I had to rank the plays, they would go... 1. Trifles 2. Inheritors 3. The Verge 4. The Outside

Trifles works the best because it's a fairly simple concept and the subtlety Glaspell is forced to employ because of the "myst
Grandma 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.
mazal bohbot berrie
For our senior thesis project, my high school dramaturg teacher, John Keveanos, proposed two one-act theatre performances, to be dircted by classmate, Matthew Weinstein and myslef . Weinstein directed a Dadaist piece contrasting my uber-realist play, Trifles. In it's quiet midwestern tone the play reveals the keenly attuned and refined prowess of women who deal only with "trifling" matters.
Feb 04, 2015 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.
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for college course. Nothing to write home about.
Wendy Fall
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coursework
Trifles is a good short play.
Jessica Zoop
Trifles & The Inheritors are insightful & thought provoking. I will be thinking about them for a long time. The Outside & The Verge, on the other hand, were just too esoteric for me.
Kira Brighton
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Susan Glaspell is a fantastic playwright, and I'm super happy to have discovered her. My favorite is "Trifles," of course, but "Inheritors" is a close second.
Mandy Jones
Oct 15, 2008 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.
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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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