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Trifling with Trifles

About the Story

Trifling with Trifles A best-selling author of plays, novels, and short stories, Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1931 play, Alison’s House, but is best known today for her one-act play “Trifles.” As a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News, Glaspell covered the murder of John Hossack in which his wife, Margaret, was charged with his murder. This case inspired Glaspell to write “Trifles” and set the play in a kitchen similar to Margaret Hossack’s kitchen. “Trifles” was first performed in 1916 by the Provincetown Players in Provincetown, MA, in which Glaspell played the role of Mrs. Hale and her husband, George Cram Cook, played Mr. Hale.


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