Susan Glaspell

The Complete Plays

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About the Book

The first complete collection of the works of American playwright Susan Glaspell, this book includes all of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s works: Suppressed Desires, Trifles, The People, The Outside, Woman’s Honor, Close the Book, Tickless Time, and Free Laughter (these eight are all one acts) and the full length plays Bernice, Inheritors, The Verge, Alison’s House, The Comic Artist, Chains of Dew, and Springs Eternal, the last two of which are published here for the first time. Each play includes an introductory essay along with extended biographical and critical essays. Two appendices give details on both the first runs and select recent productions of the plays.

About the Author(s)

The late Susan Glaspell (1876–1948) was a leading modern American woman playwright.
Linda Ben-Zvi is professor emerita at Tel Aviv University and Colorado State University in theatre and English.
J. Ellen Gainor is professor of theatre and associate dean of the Graduate School at Cornell University.

Bibliographic Details

Susan Glaspell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 425
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3432-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Editorial Note      viii

A Brief Biography      1

A Critical Introduction      7

Suppressed Desires      11

Trifles      24

Close the Book      35

The People      47

The Outside      57

Woman’s Honor      66

Tickless Time      79

Bernice      92

Free Laughter      115

Chains of Dew      125

Inheritors      179

The Verge      227

The Comic Artist      268

Alison’s House      310

Springs Eternal      354

Appendix A: First Productions of the Plays      407

Appendix B: Select Recent Professional Productions      410

Select Bibliography      413

Index      415

Book Reviews & Awards

“a fascinating and rewarding journey through early twentieth-century American life and culture…essential”—Comparative Drama.