Susan Glaspell's one-act play, Trifles, is based on actual events that occurred in Iowa at the turn of the century. From 1899-1901 Glaspell worked as a reporter for the Des Moines News, where she covered the murder trial of a farmer's wife, Margaret Hossack, in Indianola, Iowa. Hossack was accused of killing her husband, John, by striking him twice in the head with an ax while he slept.
Initially it was assumed that burglars had murdered the farmer, but a subsequent sheriff s investigation turned up evidence suggesting Mrs. Hossack was unhappy in her marriage. Ultimately, she was charged with and found guilty of the crime and sentenced to life in prison.
Over the course of sixteen months, Glaspell wrote twenty-six articles covering the case, from the announcement of the murder until Hossack's conviction. The author found herself feeling more and more sympathy for the accused, in spite of...
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Susan Glaspell Biographies (4)
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As early as 1922, Susan Glaspell was being hailed as "the playwright of woman's selfhood." Currently, this is the major claim for her lasting importance as a dramatist. Glaspell, however, was not mere...
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Susan Glaspell was a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and best-selling author who wrote fourteen plays, nine novels, and over fifty short stories, essays, and articles. Her life parallels the intelle...
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Susan Glaspell 's literary reputation derives chiefly from the fourteen plays she wrote between 1915 and 1930, most of them for the Provincetown Players. Along with Eugene O'Neill she was the most imp...
4,992 words, approx. 17 pages
Susan Glaspell was one of the founding figures of modern American drama and, along with Eugene O'Neill, one of the most prominent playwrights of the little theater movement in the 1910s and 1920s. The...