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Inheritors by Susan Glaspell
By: (1876-1948)

Inheritors by Susan Glaspell is a captivating tale that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the impact of inherited wealth. The novel follows the experiences of the Fulton family as they navigate the fallout of the sudden death of their patriarch, Adam Fulton.

Glaspell skillfully weaves together multiple perspectives to create a rich tapestry of characters who each struggle with their own desires and insecurities. As the family comes to terms with their inheritance, tensions rise and long-held secrets are unearthed.

The author's prose is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into the world of the Fultons and exploring themes of greed, power, and the enduring bonds of family. The novel is a thought-provoking exploration of how wealth can both unite and divide us, and the ways in which our pasts shape our presents.

Overall, Inheritors is a poignant and beautifully written novel that will resonate with readers who appreciate nuanced family dramas and rich character development. Glaspell's storytelling prowess shines through in this compelling tale of love, loss, and the complexities of inheritance.

Book Description:
Inheritors, (1921) by American dramatist Susan Glaspell concerns the legacy of an idealistic farmer who wills his highly coveted midwest farmland to the establishment of a college (Act I.) Forty years later, when his granddaughter stands up for the rights of Hindu nationals to protest at the college her grandfather founded, she jeopardizes funding for the college itself and sets herself against her own uncle, president of the institution's trustees (Acts II & III.) Ultimately, she defies her family's wishes, and as a consequence is bound for prison herself (Act IV.) The play was a stirring defense of free speech and an individual's ability to stand for his or her own ideal during a time of aggressive anti-Communist politics in the US. Inheritors was first performed at Provincetown Playhouse in 1922, the last of Glaspell's plays presented there. It has been revived in New York City by Mirror Repertory in 1983 and Metropolitan Playhouse in 2005.

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