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Ask The Puma Research Guides: Trifles

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The 1916 play Trifles by Susan Glaspell was inspired by the case of Margaret Hossack, which Glaspell covered as a court reporter. Trifles tells the story of the search for evidence in the case of Minnie Wright who is accused of murdering her husband.


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3513.L35


Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Ben-Zvi, Linda (ed.). Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction. 1995.

                          Call Number: PS3513.L35 Z86 1995

  • Ben-Zvi, Linda. Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times. 2005.

                         Call Number: PS3513.L35 Z595 2005

  • Gainor, J. Ellen. Susan Glaspell in Context. 2001.

                         Call Number: PS3513.L35 Z68 2001

  • Mann, Emily (ed.). Political Stages. 2002.

                         Call Number: PS627.P65 P65 2002

  • Ozieblo, Barbara. Susan Glaspell: a Critical Biography. 2000.

                        Call Number: PS3513.L35 Z78 2000

  • Carpentier, Martha Celeste. On Susan Glaspell's Trifles and "A Jury of her peers": Centennial essays, interviews, and Adaptations. 2015. 
    • Call Number: PS3513.L35 T7 2015



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Glaspell, Susan


Reference Materials


  • Drama Criticism.Call Number: REF PN1625.D72

o        Vol. 10, pg. 145, 147, 155-6, 162-7, 170-1, 176, 181-3, 185-6, 192, 199, 201, 203-7, 209-10

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number: REF PN1601.D595

o        Vol. 8

  • Twentieth-Century Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771.G27

o        Vol. 55, pg. 233-4, 236-7, 241-2, 247-50, 255-9, 262-5, 267-70, 272, 276



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