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- Full Title: A Jury of Her Peers
- When Written: 1917
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1917
- Literary Period: Modernism, First Wave Feminism
- Genre: Feminist Short Story
- Setting: The Wrights’ farmhouse, Dickinson County, Iowa
- Climax: Two female neighbors of Minnie Wright uncover the evidence of this woman’s motive for killing her husband, and elect to conceal this evidence from the authorities.
- Antagonist: Sexism and unjust gender roles
Historical Truth behind A Jury of Her Peers. The story A Jury of Her Peers was inspired by a case Glaspell covered as a young journalist: the 1900 murder of John Hossack. In the historical case, the convicted woman murdered her husband with an ax, not a noose, while he slept.
Return from Obscurity. For years after her death, Glaspell’s work was largely overlooked. Until, in the 1970s, Glaspell’s work was admired by Feminists who identified her forward-thinking viewpoint. Since then, Glaspell’s work has been considered popular and recommended reading.