The Jury of Her Peers


Susan Glaspell



Biography of Susan Glaspell


Biography of Susan Glaspell


    Susan Glaspell was born on the first of July in 1876 to Elmer S. Glaspell and Alice Keating. She grew up in Davenport, Iowa being the middle child of three. She was the only daughter. During high school, Glaspell developed an interest in writing. She graduated from Drake University in 1899 with a degree in philosophy. Then, she was hired as a journalist for Des Moines Daily News. One day, she went on the investigation site of the murder of John Hossack. This was a turning point in her career. She got married to George Cram Cook and together they created a theatrical group named the Provincetown Players and Glaspell was the one who wrote plays for the group. The way she wrote was influenced by the early work of Eugene O’Neil. While writing for this theatrical group, she created “Trifles” that is known to be one of her greatest masterpiece. The play “Trifles” was based on the Hossack case. Susan Glaspell also adapted “Trifles” as a short story named “A Jury of Her Peers”. She and her husband left the group to experiment new ventures and they moved to Greece. He died two years after they arrived in Greece. She then came back and married Norman Matson with whom she worked on “The Comic Artist” play. In 1931, she divorced from her second husband after six years of marriage and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Alison’s House”.

Susan Glaspell was a great author and her work was known to be feminist. Throughout her writing career, she started out as a journalist to then become a fiction writer, playwright, and promoter of various artistic ventures. She has written a total of eleven play, nine novels, a biography, and more than fifty short stories. She died in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1948.


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