Susan Glaspells Century of American Women: A Critical Interpretation of Her Work

Hardcover | July 1, 1995

byVeronica MakowskyAs told byVeronica Makosky

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Tracing the evolution of Susan Glaspell's writing, Veronica Makowsky provides fascinating glimpses of the life of a woman who broke the barriers against female journalists, advocated socialism, struggled with the precepts of Greenwich Village free love, was one of the founders of theProvincetown Players, participated in the sessions of the feminist Heterodoxy Club, placed women's concerns on the stage as a playwright and actress, and wrote about a turbulent century of American women with courage, optimism, sensitivity, and love. This is the first full-length book aboutGlaspell's works, including the fiction and lifewriting that bracketed her relatively brief career as the playwright best-known for the one-act drama Trifles. Also the author of many other plays, including the Pulitzer prize-winning Alison's House, a number of collected and uncollected shortstories, nine novels, and a biography of her husband the iconoclastic George Cram Cook, Glaspell was an artist of formidable, but ill-acknowledged talent. Makowsky places Glaspell's work in its biographical and cultural context, with particular attention to Glaspell's depiction of women's roles overa century of American history. In addition, she examines closely Glaspell's use of the maternal metaphor and her depiction of women in the role of mothers. This absorbing and revelatory study rescues one of America's literary "foremothers" from relative obscurity, challenging canonical ideas aboutthe circumstances that lead to literary "greatness."

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Tracing the extraordinarily varied and productive half-century writing career of Susan Glaspell (1876-1948), Veronica Makowsky provides fascinating glimpses of the life of a woman who broke the barriers against female journalists, advocated socialism, struggled with the precepts of Greenwich Village free love, was one of the founders o...

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Tracing the evolution of Susan Glaspell's writing, Veronica Makowsky provides fascinating glimpses of the life of a woman who broke the barriers against female journalists, advocated socialism, struggled with the precepts of Greenwich Village free love, was one of the founders of theProvincetown Players, participated in the sessions of...

Veronica Makowsky is at University of Connecticut.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 0.79 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Tracing the extraordinarily varied and productive half-century writing career of Susan Glaspell (1876-1948), Veronica Makowsky provides fascinating glimpses of the life of a woman who broke the barriers against female journalists, advocated socialism, struggled with the precepts of Greenwich Village free love, was one of the founders of the Provincetown Players, participated in the sessions of the feminist Heterodoxy Club, placed women's concerns on the stage as a playwright and actress, and wrote about a turbulent century of American women with courage, optimism, sensitivity, and love. This is the first full-length book about Glaspell's works, including the fiction and lifewriting that bracketed her relatively brief career as the playwright best-known for the one-act drama Trifles. Also the author of many other plays, including the Pulitzer prize-winning Alison's House, a number of collected and uncollected short stories, nine novels, and a biography of her husband, the iconoclastic George Cram Cook, Glaspell was an artist of formidable, but little-acknowledged t

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"Veronica Makowsky's Susan Glaspell's Century of American Women is...an important milestone in Glaspell criticism....Makowsky presents in clear, lucid prose a chronological, critical overview of Glaspell's major works."--Theatre Journal