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Author: Susan Glaspell
Publisher: Baker's Plays
ISBN: 9780874406382
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Drama / Characters: 3 male, 2 female Scenery: interior Unusually powerful and effective, and gives fine roles for two good actresses. The wife of a strangled farmer is arrested on suspicion. While officers and neighbors are searching the old farmhouse for evidence, two women friends discover a slain canary and a broken cage. This evidence can prove the wife guilty, but by keeping her secret, they free her. An American classic by one of the original members of the Provincetown Playhouse where this play was premiered. The playwright, Susan Glaspell, is a Pulitzer Prize-Winner.


Author: Susan Glaspell
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781413000450
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Presents Susan Glaspell's 1916 play 'Trifles' along with several study tools, including a Glaspell biography, discussion questions, research topics, five critical essays, a sample student essay, a bibliography, Web Site and film adaptation lists, and a guide to MLA documentation style.

Symbolic Realism In Susan Glaspell S Trifles

Author: Mathias Keller
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638586154
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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3,, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Susan Glaspell’s (1876-1948) literary career increased in significance when she and her husband George Cram Cook moved to their summer residence in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1915. They founded the Provincetown Players, a group of dramatists who were about to change the development of American literature considerably. Against the more commercial and conventional Broadway plays, they shifted, as a part of the "’little theatre’ movement," the stage into a fisher’s house and performed experimental plays. One of these plays was Trifles, Susan Glaspell’s most reputed dramatic piece, which was first produced in 1916 and published in 1920. Her "first solo one-act play" is based on the Hossack’s case, a real murder incident in Iowa on December 2, 1900 when she was a news reporter. Her reflection of this incident deals with an investigation process which takes place in the farmhouse of the murdered John Wright and his imprisoned wife Minnie. The officials, Mr. Peters (the Sheriff), the County Attorney and the neighbour Mr. Hale, search for evidences in this house to convict Minnie of the murder. At the same time, the Sheriff’s and Mr. Hale’s wives, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are supposed to collect clothes for Minnie. While they are in the kitchen, they encounter the important evidences to draw conclusions of Minnie’s miserable life, her deed and, hence, take the opportunity to influence the case by concealing the most crucial evidence from the men. The play is innovative, among other things, in the respect that the main characters are absent and that Glaspell, as a consequence, creates a second explanatory level by means of symbols underneath the plot surface. This level circumscribes in detail Minnie’s misery and the reasons for killing her husband. By the same means Glaspell also generally criticizes the traditional gender roles by empowering the female characters and undercutting male authority.

On Susan Glaspell S Trifles And A Jury Of Her Peers

Author: Martha C. Carpentier
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147662206X
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On a wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where Greenwich Village bohemians gathered in the summer of 1916, Susan Glaspell was inspired by a sensational murder trial to write Trifles, a play about two women who hide a Midwestern farm wife’s motive for murdering her abusive husband. Following successful productions of the play, Glaspell became the “mother of American drama.” Her short story version of Trifles, “A Jury of Her Peers,” reached an unprecedented one million readers in 1917. The play and the story have since been taught in classrooms across America and Trifles is regularly revived on stages around the world. This collection of fresh essays celebrates the centennial of Trifles and “A Jury of Her Peers,” with departures from established Glaspell scholarship. Interviews with theater people are included along with two original works inspired by Glaspell’s iconic writings.

A Study Guide For Susan Glaspell S Trifles

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1410361209
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A Study Guide for Susan Glaspell's "Trifles," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.