A Jury of Her Peers.London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1927 Stock Code: 106151
First separate edition, one of 250 copies signed by the author. Provenance: from the library of "Ellery Queen", with, loosely inserted, a statement of provenance from the bookseller Douglas Dannay (dated 1991), son of Frederic Dannay, co-creator of the pseudonymous "Ellery Queen". Queen's Quorum notes that "Susan Glaspell had written a one-act play called 'Trifles,' suggested by a murder acccount she had read in an Iowa newspaper. After the play had become famous, Miss Glaspell recast the material into a short story and titled it A Jury of Her Peers. Like the play, the short story became a celebrated piece of literature. It was first printed in 'Every Week,' issue of May 5, 1917, and later reprinted by Edward J. O'Brien in his The Best Short Stories of 1917... The first edition of A Jury of Her Peers is one of the series of Benn's Yellow Books... This beautifully wrought tale of murder, 'morbidly frugal in expression, but candidly naked in substance' Ludwig Lewisohn represents pure New England Gothic - and pure artistry".
Glaspell's short story was rediscovered by feminist critics in the 1970s and "has led to a reevaluation of Glaspell's writing. The story, with its detailed examination of male control and undervaluing of women's lives, has become a central text for these critics, but it is important to place this work in perspective with all of Glaspell's writing in order not to misrepresent the concerns and thrust of her work. Glaspell stated her commitment to a range of social and political issues, including women's roles in society, and her work must be examined in the context of the diverging cultures in which she developed as a writer: her midwestern birthplace as well as the progressive Greenwich Village and Provincetown communities of her maturity" (American National Biography).
Small octavo. Original yellow printed wrappers.
Wrappers a little toned, front free endpaper creased, minor stains to p.33. An excellent copy.
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