Historical Context

Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties is a name for the decade of the 1920s. In the United States, it was a time of...

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Literary Style

In Alison’s House, Knowles arrives in act 1, asking about Alison and gently inquiring if there...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Atkinson, J. Brooks, “The Play,” in New York Times, December 2, 1930, p. 35.


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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Ben-Zvi, Linda. “Susan Glaspell’s Contributions to Contemporary Women Playwrights.” In Feminine Focus: The New Women Playwrights, edited by Enoch Brater. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Bigsby, C. W. E. Introduction to Plays by Susan Glaspell. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Dymkowski, Christine. “On the Edge: The Plays of Susan Glaspell.” Modern Drama 1 (March, 1988): 91-105.

Goldberg, Isaac. The Drama of Transition: Native and Exotic Playcraft. Cincinnati: Stewart Kidd, 1922.

Makowsky, Veronica A. Susan...

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Compare and Contrast

  • 1890s: Popular poets of this decade include Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, A. E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling,...

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Topics for Further Study

Select your favorite Dickinson poem. Read it aloud to your class and explain what you think it is about and why you like it best.


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What Do I Read Next?

The Visioning (1911), Glaspell’s second novel, tells the story of young Katie Jones who questions the conventions of her day. The...

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