Susan Keating Glaspell: The Comic Artist: A Play in Three Acts (2569 words)

Sherry Engle (Manhattan College )
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The Comic Artist is a collaborative effort of Susan Glaspell and Norman Matson, written in the spring and fall of 1926. The play was published before a London production in 1928 and did not open in New York until April 1933; despite first-rate actors in the production at the Morosco Theatre, the play ran for only 21 performances, possibly reflecting the low appeal of serious plays for Depression-Era audiences. While some Glaspell scholars may dismiss The Comic Artist because of “difficulties of thematic attribution” as a collaborative work (Makowsky 154), other Glaspell scholars credit authorship in different ways. One theory maintains that Glaspell wrote the play with Matson—seventeen years her junior—because she w…

Engle, Sherry. "The Comic Artist: A Play in Three Acts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2013
[, accessed 21 May 2018.]

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