Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How specifically did Susan Glaspell’s education prove beneficial to her career as a writer?

Generally speaking, Glaspell’s best short stories were written early in her career and her best novels later, a situation not uncommon among fiction writers. What might account for this tendency? Life experience? Artistic maturity? Something else?

What is the theme of Glaspell’s play Trifles, and how does she modify it in her story based on it, “A Jury of Her Peers”?

What did the great playwright Eugene O’Neill owe to Glaspell?

What are the “classical dramatic unities” and how are they exemplified in Alison’s House?