Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times by Linda Ben-ZviSusan Glaspell: Her Life and Times by Linda Ben-Zvi

Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times

byLinda Ben-Zvi

Paperback | July 15, 2007

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Trifles--a play exploring what happens when women unite against forces that deny them a voice and identity--has become an international classic, as powerful and relevant today as it was in the summer of 1916, when it was first staged by vacationing friends in a converted fishing wharf inProvincetown,Massachusetts. This biography is the story of its author, Susan Glaspell, and the forces that propelled her from her Midwest birthplace in Davenport, Iowa to Greenwich Village during its glory days, where she established herself as a central figure in the avant-garde community andbecame the first modern American woman playwright. Glaspell's life is a feminist tale of pioneering in which she broke new ground for women. A journalist by age eighteen, she worked her way through university as a news reporter and became a leading novelist of the period. A co-founder of many ofGreenwich Village's important avant-garde institutions, she was a close friend of its leading figures, including Eugene O'Neill. She and O'Neill were equally credited with launching a new type of indigenous drama, hers addressing such pressing topics as suffrage, birth control, female sexuality,marriage equality, socialism, and pacifism. In 1931 she won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. "Out there--lies all that's not been touched--lies life that waits," Claire Archer says in The Verge, Glaspell's most experimental play. This biography is the exciting and inspiring story of Glaspell's personal exploration of the same terrain
Linda Ben-Zvi is Professor of Theatre Studies at Tel Aviv University and Professor Emerita of English and Theatre at Colorado State University.
Title:Susan Glaspell: Her Life and TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:492 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195313239

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface: A Pioneering LifeIntroduction: Blackhawk's LandPart I: Midwest Beginnings (1876-1907)1. A Town Springs Up2. Families In Fact and Fiction3. Society Girls4. Delphic Days5. "Murder, She Wrote": The Genesis of Trifles6. ChicagoPart II: Susan and Jig (1907-1913)7. A Greek Out of Time8. The Monist Society9. Letters to Mollie10. Travel at Home and Abroad11. Though Stone Be Broken12. Staging Area for the FutureInterlude 1: Greenwich Village 1913, "The Joyous Season"Part III: The Provincetown Players (1914-1922)13. A Home by the Sea14. War and Peace15. A Theatre on a Wharf16. Summer 1916, Two Playwrights17. A New Kind of Theatre18. "Fire from Heaven" on MacDougal Street19. Here Pegasus was Hitched20. Inheritors21. The Verge and Beyond22. The End of the DreamInterlude 2: Delphi 1922-1924, "The Road to the Temple"Part IV: Going On (1924-1948)23. Picking Up the Pieces24. Novel Times25. Alison's House26. Break Up27. The Federal Theatre Project28. A Different War29. Completing the CircleBibliographyNotes

Editorial Reviews

"A much welcome and most necessary biography. We don't know nearly enough about the pioneering writer Susan Glaspell; her story seems to have been passed over. Linda Ben Zvi's engaging and informative work restores this fine writer to her rightful place at the center of the American stage andmakes us Glaspell's eager and avid audience."--Suzan-Lori Parks, Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama