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Fidelity free pdf "Fidelity" (1915) is a classic that should be put beside books by writers such as Edith Wharton and Willa Cather- yet the novels of Susan Glaspell, who was once considered America's greatest living playwright apart from Eugene O'Neill (and who is best-known for her short play, 'Trifles') have been ignored.Set in Iowa in 1900 and in 1913, this dramatic and deeply moral novel uses complex but subtle use of flashback to describe a girl named Ruth Holland, bored with her life at home, falling in love with a married man and running off with him- when she comes back more than a decade later we are shown how her actions have affected those around her. Ruth had taken another woman's husband and as such 'Freeport' society thinks she is 'a human being who selfishly - basely - took her own happiness, leaving misery for others. She outraged society as completely as a woman could outrage it...One who defies it - deceives it - must be shut out from it.'But, like Emma Bovary, Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" and Nora in "A Doll's House" Ruth has 'a diffused longing for an enlarged experience...Her energies having been shut off from the way they had wanted to go, she was all the more zestful for new things from life. ..' It is these that are explored in "Fidelity".

About Susan Glaspell

Born in 1876 of pioneer stock, Susan Glaspell lived respectably in Davenport, Iowa until she was 36. Having been a society reporter, she went to university, turned to political journalism, wrote magazine stories and spent time in Chicago and Paris. Her novel "The Glory of the Conquered" was a popular success. After her marriage to the (twice-divorced) Iowan George 'Jig' Cram Cook she lived in Provincetown, Cape Cod and Greenwich Village, among a close-knit community of writers. Her third novel "Fidelity" came out in 1915, the year that she and Jig founded the Provincetown Players, for which she wrote ten plays including "Trifles" and "The Verge". After Jig died in Greece in 1924 she lived for a while with a young writer, Norman Matson, and wrote novels such as "Brook Evans" (1928), also published by Persephone Books. Her play "Alison's House" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. Susan Glaspell died in Provincetown in 1948.

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Author : Susan Glaspell
Publisher : Persephone Books Ltd
Data Published : 22 June 1999
ISBN : 0953478033
EAN : 9780953478033
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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