A biography of the life and times of susan glaspell

Reviews Editorial reviews Publisher Synopsis "Linda Ben-Zvi's exhaustively researched and impressively detailed biography rescues Glaspell from her usual role as stage manager.

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They produced their first plays in a refurbished fishing wharf arranged for by another member of their group. This school aspires to gender equality and has pledged that half of each season's productions will be written by female playwrights.

During the late twenties, she was romantically involved with the younger writer Norman H. Exhibiting behavior that would characterize her life, Glaspell outraged convention and followed her heart by falling in love with a married man Cookbecoming his third wife in It has since become one of the most anthologized works in American theatre history.

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Despite steadily increasing scholarly attention Ben-Zvi's is the fourth major study in the past five years to be devoted exclusively to Glaspell's life and work , the author's claim that Glaspell remains "virtually [End Page ] unknown" today ix is probably true. Ben-Zvi provides new and distinct perspectives on the individuals and eventsconnected with the legendary company Provincetown Players William Zorach , an early member of the group, reported "she had only to be on the stage and the play and the audience came alive. Although frail and ethereal, Glaspell was a determined rebel throughout her life, willing to speak out for those causes in which she believed and willing to risk societal approbation when she found love. Susan Glaspell: HerLife and Times is highly recommended for anyone interested in Glaspell, women's biography, American theatre and drama, or the fascinating era in which Glaspell lived and worked. The Players rejected the more commercial and escapist melodramas produced on Broadway. Over the next few years, she reconnected with siblings and regained control of her drinking and creativity. Glaspell was by now at the height of her theatre career, with her most recent play, The Verge, bringing the most praise. Cook died there in of glanders , an infectious disease he caught from his dog. Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times is highly recommended for anyone interested in Glaspell, women's biography, American theatre and drama, or the fascinating era in which Glaspell lived and worked. A co-founder of many of Greenwich Village's important avant-garde institutions, she was a close friend of its leading figures, including Eugene O'Neill. Despite the successes of her earlier fiction, Glaspell would be most remembered for the twelve groundbreaking plays she submitted to the company over the next seven years. In her heyday ca. This critical biography, which complements and expands without duplicating existing scholarship, is the product of nearly twenty years of meticulous investigation

In she completed Inheritors ; following three generations of a pioneer family, it is perhaps America's first modern historical drama. I am very familiar with working as a very close ally and advocate, but also as an outsider, facilitating the original authentic voice on stage.

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.

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I am very familiar with working as a very close ally and advocate, but also as an outsider, facilitating the original authentic voice on stage. William Zorach , an early member of the group, reported "she had only to be on the stage and the play and the audience came alive. She was even better received there. In her life she explored uncharted regions and in her writing she created intrepid female characters who did the same. Though he was already in his second, troubled marriage, Glaspell fell in love with him. Over the next few years, she reconnected with siblings and regained control of her drinking and creativity. Today considered an early feminist masterpiece, it was an instant success, riveting audiences with its daring views of justice and morality. It was a golden age of short stories. Despite steadily increasing scholarly attention Ben-Zvi's is the fourth major study in the past five years to be devoted exclusively to Glaspell's life and work , the author's claim that Glaspell remains "virtually [End Page ] unknown" today ix is probably true. By placing Glaspell into a historical and English critics hailed her as a genius and ranked her above O'Neill. In addition to scrupulous literary detection and astute critical insight, readers will appreciate Ben-Zvi's lucid, engaging, jargon-free prose.

At the age of thirty-five, she scandalized staid Davenport when she began an affair with then-married Jig Cook. The Players rejected the more commercial and escapist melodramas produced on Broadway.

A biography of the life and times of susan glaspell

In addition to scrupulous literary detection and astute critical insight, readers will appreciate Ben-Zvi's lucid, engaging, jargon-free prose. They compared her favorably to Henrik Ibsenwhom they ranked as the most important playwright since Shakespeare.

susan glaspell biography

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 and became the first modern American woman playwright.

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Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times by Linda Ben