Zona Gale, the first woman to win a Pulitzer prize for drama, was born in 1874, the only child of middle-class parents. The family lived in the small Wisconsin town of Portage, which would become the setting for most of Gale's novels, stories, and plays. In many ways, Gale's early career fits the image of the turn-of-the-century New Woman: after finishing college, she worked as a journalist, first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then in New York, at the New York World. She gave up journalism, however, in order to concentrate full-time on fiction writing. Gale's first short stories, set in the fictional town of Friendship Village, were tremendously popular, and led to a number of Friendship Village collections. The first, …
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Williams, Deborah. "Zona Gale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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