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- Full Title: Trifles
- When Written: 1916
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1916 (first performance by the Provincetown Players, Massachusetts)
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Feminist Drama
- Setting: The Wrights’ farmhouse, rural United States
- Climax: Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale discover the evidence that provides Minnie’s motive for murdering her husband, John Wright.
- Antagonist: The patriarchal society in which the women live
Discovery of Eugene O’Neill. Although highly acclaimed in her time, Glaspell was remembered in the years after her death primarily for having discovered the great playwright Eugene O’Neill while considering scripts of new plays for the Provincetown Players Theater. The Provincetown Players first brought Eugene O’Neill’s work to the attention of audiences and critics in 1916.
Reevaluation in the 1970s. In the 1970s, Glaspell’s work was rediscovered and embraced by feminist critics, and, since then, her work has grown greatly in popularity and is included in numerous anthologies of American literature.