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Susan Glaspell
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    (July 1, 1876-July 28, 1948)
    Born in Davenport, Iowa
    Widely known as the 'First Lady of American Drama' and the 'Mother of American Drama'
    Reporter for Des Moines Daily News (1899-1901)
    Wrote the novels 'The Glory of the Conquered' (1909), 'The Visioning' (1911), 'Fidelity' (1915), 'Brook Evans' (1928), 'Fugitive's Return' (1929), 'Ambrose Holt and Family' (1931), 'The Morning is Near Us' (1939), 'Norma Ashe' (1942), and 'Judd Rankin's Daughter' (1945)
    Wrote the plays 'Suppressed Desires' (with George Cram Cook; 1915), 'Trifles' (1916), 'The Outside' (1917), 'The People' (1917), 'Woman's Honor' (1918), 'Inheritors' (1921), 'The Verge' (1921), 'Chains of Dew' (1922), 'Alison's House' (1930), and 'Springs Eternal' (1943)
    Co-founded the Provincetown Players with her husband George Cram Cook (July 1915)
    Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 'Alison's House' (1931)
    Died of viral pneumonia in Provincetown, Massachusetts
    She abruptly resigned from her job as a reporter, a rare position for a woman at that time, after covering the trial of a woman convicted of murdering her abusive husband.
    She fell in love with her first husband George Cram Cook while he was still married to his second wife.
    Despite the Provincetown Players's success, it didn't provide her with enough income, so she had to write short stories for a living.
    She and Cook eventually left the Provincetown Players because they felt that it had become 'too successful'. (1923)
    She suffered from alcoholism, particularly during the 30s, when she wrote very little.
    After her death, her works fell out of print and were neglected until the 70s.
    She was described as a precocious child who would often rescue stray animals.
    She defied society's expectations by attending Drake University, where she excelled in debates and represented the school in the state debate tournament during her senior year.
    She and George Cram Cook became frequent targets of unwanted gossip upon their marriage, prompting them to move to New York City's Greenwich Village.
    She suffered from a series of miscarriages that resulted in a fibroid tumor in her uterus, which was removed through surgery.
    The Provincetown Players included famous playwrights like Eugene O'Neill.
    She was also a skilled actress despite her lack of training.
    Her plays, novels, and short stories, especially 'Trifles', are widely considered masterpieces in early feminist literature.

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