Cross-posted from Rough Draft.
Susan Glaspell, Fugitive’s Return. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1929. 324 pp. Currently out of print.
In 1929, Susan Glaspell‘s novel Fugitive’s Return stood near the top of national bestseller lists, only a few notches down from the number one novel of the year, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Two years later, in 1931, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play Alison’s House. The Pulitzer Prize was the culmination of an important and successful career in the theater as a playwright and as one of the co-founders, with her husband George Cram Cook, of the Provincetown Players, the theater that also launched the career of Eugene O’Neill. Unfortunately, Glaspell is little known today outside of academic circles. Two of her novels, Fidelity (1915) and Brook Evans (1928), have been reissued by Persephone Books in London, but Fugitive’s Return remains out of print. This is a shame, because Fugitive’s Return is a beautiful, deep, and moving book about a woman’s struggle to reclaim her life in the aftermath of tragedy. Continue reading