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24 August 2018
Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) posed at her typewriter. She was born in Iowa where she set much of her fiction. We publish two novels: Brook Evans and Fidelity, but if you have to choose just one do add Fidelity to your reading list. It is one of the great American novels exploring huge themes of sex and desire and freedom for women and should really be on the syllabus at every high school in the US. SG won the Pulitzer for one of her plays, Alison’s House, based on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson (who is called Alison Stanhope in the play) and shows Glaspell’s interest in the legacy and legitimisation of the reputations of women writers (a very ‘Persephone’ theme); it can be read here.
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