Susan Keating Glaspell: Woman's Honor

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Susan Glaspell's Woman's Honor opened on 26th April 1918, during the second New York season of the Provincetown Players. Woman's Honor is considered one of Glaspell's lesser plays. Its significance, however, relies on its novel form as well as on Glaspell's criticism of sexual double standards.

The play opens in a room in the sheriff's house. There, Gordon Wallace is charged with murder and refuses to provide his alibi. The prisoner had been with a woman the night the murder was committed, but he will not tell the name of the woman because he has “to shield her own honor” (121). The lawyer, knowing that the best way to have the jury on Wallace's side is through their wives, has given out …

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Hernando-Real, Noelia. "Woman's Honor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2009
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