"[An] important scholarly biography."Library Journal
"Ben-Zvi...animates her scholarly sources to create a fully rounded narrative, carefully reconstructing the life and times of a complex woman who often guarded her privacy.... If ever a thick, scholarly book could be recommended as a Provincetown summer read, a book you can even take to the beach, this one is it."Provincetown Banner
"In this welcome addition to the burgeoning body of Glaspell scholarship, author Linda Ben-Zvi makes a persuasive case for Glaspell's significance to American cultural and social history as well as the timeliness of her works for contemporary readers and audiences. Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times provides a thoroughly researched, richly detailed, and eminently readable analysis of Glaspell's professional rise from 'society girl' reporting in her native Iowa to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of international fame.... In addition to scrupulous literary detection and astute critical insight, readers will appreciate Ben-Zvi's lucid, engaging, jargon-free prose. Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times is highly recommended for anyone interested in Glaspell, women's biography, American theatre and drama, or the fascinating era in which Glaspell lived and worked."Theatre Journal
"Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times both complements the burgeoning field of Glaspell studies and provides nuanced and fresh readings of Glaspell's oeuvre.... Ben-Zvi provides new and distinct perspectives on the individuals and events connected with the legendary company (Provincetown Players).... Ben-Zvi's deep engagement with Glaspell's texts, career, friendships, loves, and beliefs complements her portrait of a woman experiencing some of the most eventful periods of recent U.S. history."HotReview.org
"Once ranked with Shaw and O'Neill, winner of the 1931 Pulitzer Prize, the prolific and pioneering American playwright and novelist Susan Glaspell has disappeared from standard literary history. Linda Ben-Zvi's fascinating critical biography of Glaspell restores an important American writer to twentieth-century cultural history. Move over, Millay!"Elaine Showalter, Princeton University
"If Susan Glaspell has said it for women, Linda Ben-Zvi has said it for Glaspell. What she has said, through a virtual travelogue of fastidious research, impelled by the persistence of unaccountable neglect, is a kind of poetic justice."Herbert Blau, University of Washington
"A much welcome and most necessary biography. We don't know nearly enough about the pioneering writer Susan Glaspell; her story seems to have been passed over. Linda Ben Zvi's engaging and informative work restores this fine writer to her rightful place at the center of the American stage and makes us Glaspell's eager and avid audience."Suzan-Lori Parks, Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
American playwright and novelist Susan Glaspell won the 1931 Pulitzer Prize in drama yet remains largely unknown outside of drama and/or feminist circles. By placing Glaspell into a historical and literary context, Ben-Zvi (English, emerita, Colorado State Univ.) hopes to bring Glaspell's work to a broader contemporary audience. Born in Davenport, IA, in 1876, Glaspell was fiercely independent and adventurous. By 18, she had worked her way through college as a reporter. After she and her husband moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, to pursue their literary and artistic dreams in 1913, they shot to the center of what became known as the American avant-garde. Their circle included Edmund Wilson, John Reed, Max Eastman, Sinclair Lewis, and Eugene O'Neill. Glaspell's plays reflected her sympathies toward topics not always considered suitable for American audiences-women's right to vote, birth control, female sexuality, equality in marriage, socialism, and pacifism. Sadly, unconvinced of her own importance in the world of letters, she didn't date her correspondences or diary entries, believing that they would be of no value outside her family circle. In an ideal world, this important scholarly biography would inspire a second look at Glaspell's oeuvre. Most likely, however, it will probably find an audience only in academic and public libraries with large collections in women's studies, theater, and American literature.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.