Susan Keating Glaspell: Inheritors: A Play in Three Acts (2864 words)


“I think I’m an American. And for that reason I think I have something to say about America.” (Madeline Morton, Inheritors, Act 3)

Susan Glaspell’s Inheritors, which premiered at the Provincetown Players’ Playwrights Theatre in Greenwich Village in March 1921, offers a penetrating analysis of the relationship between American ideals and American action from its early nineteenth century westward expansion to the aftermath of World War I.

This epic work includes a number of typical Glaspell themes, including freedom of speech, the struggle of the individual against society, a reconsideration of the past in order to shape a better future, gender and national identity. Although the …

Citation: Black, Cheryl. "Inheritors: A Play in Three Acts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 January 2011 [, accessed 05 July 2022.]

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