Susan Keating Glaspell: Springs Eternal

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  • Emeline Jeanne Jouve

Springs Eternal marked Susan Glaspell’s return to drama, a genre thanks to which she had gained enormous popularity, but which she had left aside after the polemics about her Pulitzer Prize for Alison’s House and her failed collaboration with Norman Matson on The Comic Artist. As Linda Ben-Zvi and J. Ellen Gainor note in their introduction to Springs Eternal, “looking retrospectively at Glaspell’s thirty years of writing for the theatre, we can now see that wars bookended her career” (354). Glaspell wrote her first play, Suppressed Desires, in 1915, that is, one year after World War I had broken out. This first international conflict informed many of her works for the …

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Jouve, Emeline Jeanne. "Springs Eternal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2011
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