Susan Keating Glaspell: The People

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Susan Glaspell's The People opened on 9th March 1917, during the first New York season of the Provincetown Players. Even though The People is considered one of Glaspell's lesser plays, its significance relies on its novel form as well as on the topics she treats: the relationship between artist and audience, radical journalism and the role of women in revolutions.

The People opens in the office of “The People: a Journal of the Social Revolution”, a morning in March 1917. This is “the office of a publication which is radical and poor” (33), with little furniture strewn with manuscripts and papers, and wads of papers on the floor. Soon the audience is told that the journal is about t…

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Hernando-Real, Noelia. "The People". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2009
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