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…

Citation: Engle, Sherry. "The Comic Artist: A Play in Three Acts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2013 [, accessed 05 July 2022.]

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