chapter  11
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‘Meeting the Outside’: The Theatre of Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell was a pioneer of the ‘new drama’ on the American stage. She was born in Davenport, lowa (probably in 1876), and began her career in journalism and fiction writing. In 1913, after a period of mixing in the artistic circles of Chicago, she married George Cram Cook. The couple took up residence in New York, but spent their summers on the coast in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where in 1915 they co-founded the Provincetown Players: the company which was to become a home for the ‘new drama’ of the American theatre. Glaspell worked with the Provincetown Players until 1922 when she left for Greece with her husband. Cook died shortly afterwards in 1924, and Glaspell returned to Provincetown. Although she was still involved in theatre in her later years, she was more fully engaged with fiction writing and produced her tenth and final novel a few years before her death in 1948.