Abstract

The previously unpublished story “Stepchild of the Sun” by American playwright and novelist Susan Glaspell deals with the exclusionary nature of female community and its complicated relationship with female solidarity. The story is about a woman named Maida who contracts a rare disease that precludes her from ever being in sunlight again. It details Maida's life after contracting the disease and the problems her condition causes both in her relationships with friends and in her inner life. The typescript with the author's handwritten corrections is located in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library.

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