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!Download Epub ï Miss Lulu Bett ¸ Novel which depicts life in the Midwestern United States, from the American writer She adapted it as a play, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama inIn the same year, Gale took an active role in the creation of the Wisconsin Equal Rights Law, which prohibits discrimination against women Miss Lulu Bett is among the Pulizer prize winners in a compilation I downloaded free to my Kindle Think about it, aspiring authors Assuming copyright law doesn t change and of course it likely will in that length of time , seventy years after you re dead, all your stuff will be free as wifi, and some scum sucking bottom feeder like me will happen across it because he couldn t even bear the thought of paying for a 99 cent ebook.There is an Akashic Record, after all.Anyhow, this a a women s s Miss Lulu Bett is among the Pulizer prize winners in a compilation I downloaded free to my Kindle Think about it, aspiring authors Assuming copyright law doesn t change and of course it likely will in that length of time , seventy years after you re dead, all your stuff will be free as wifi, and some scum sucking bottom feeder like me will happen across it because he couldn t even bear the thought of paying for a 99 cent ebook.There is an Akashic Record, after all.Anyhow, this a a women s suffrage story, a parlor room drama about a spinster whose hormones and innate wilfulness haven t quieted just yet It s all raised eyebrows and innuendo The men are pigs, almost to a man, but the pimply boys are kinda cute.If you like Edith Wharton, try this.If you crave less subtle stuff, you won t get past the first few pages Don t feel bad You belong to a newer age I was first impressed by the work of journalist, playwright, and author Zona Gale as I listened to a Librivox recording of her second novel, Christmas A Story 1912 capably read by one of my favourite Librivox readers, Christine Dufour, aka Jacquerie This unorthodox tale of the festive season was, to me, the breath of fresh air that I had sought, the one seasonal story among numerous syrupy novels touted as Christmas themed which embodies the truth of love.While looking for another rec I was first impressed by the work of journalist, playwright, and author Zona Gale as I listened to a Librivox recording of her second novel, Christmas A Story 1912 capably read by one of my favourite Librivox readers, Christine Dufour, aka Jacquerie This unorthodox tale of the festive season was, to me, the breath of fresh air that I had sought, the one seasonal story among numerous syrupy novels touted as Christmas themed which embodies the truth of love.While looking for another recording by Jacquerie , I happened upon Gale s sixth novel, Miss Lulu Bett, written some eight years later in 1920 According to Wikipedia, Zona Gale was a well educated and progressive thinker, a politically active supporter of the cause of women s rights, active in the National Women s Party and the Lucy Stone League which lobbied for the right of a woman to continue to use her birth surname after marriage Reportedly, a favourite theme of her novels was women s frustration at their lack of opportunities Wikipedia reference to source is a dead link.Miss Lulu Bett is a 33 year old single woman who along with her mother lives with her sister and brother in law and their family, and earns her keep by serving them as housekeeper She is the stereotypical timid spinster ridiculed and bullied by her brother in law and treatedlike a maid than a family member and rarely speaks up for herself However, as events unfold, the reader watches Lulu, in her understated manner, gradually gain the confidence and courage to break free Soon after the publication of the novel, Zona Gale wrote a stage adaptation of the story As explained in this Wikipedia article, the ending was altered twice for the stage production A fourth ending was written for the silent film produced in 1921 by William C deMille After a successful 198 show run at the Belmont Theatre in New York City from December 27, 1920 to June 18, 1921 , the play toured the USA and won for Zona Gale in 1921 the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the first time it had been awarded to a woman This was also the year that Edith Wharton received the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence It appears from this bibliographic record prepared by Dr Donna Campbell, Professor of English at Washington State University, that Zona Gale was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, and plays Although her work is no longer well known, it remains relevant today Much of it is available online some at Project Gutenberg and many others linked at The University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page This is a forgotten novel from a professional American writer who was extremely popular early in the twentieth century Her fictional territory was the upper midwest Gale earned a very good living from her stories, having abandoned an early journalism career in New York City when she could make it writing fiction She had published other novels, but this one won her the admiration of the leading reviewers of serious fiction She later worked it into a play, which won the Pulitzer prize, the fir This is a forgotten novel from a professional American writer who was extremely popular early in the twentieth century Her fictional territory was the upper midwest Gale earned a very good living from her stories, having abandoned an early journalism career in New York City when she could make it writing fiction She had published other novels, but this one won her the admiration of the leading reviewers of serious fiction She later worked it into a play, which won the Pulitzer prize, the first awarded to a woman dramatist.It is the story of a spinster who emerges from the domination of her brother in law The book is wholly mid western, with reviewers commending it for its authentic speech patterns of middle class small town folks of 1920 The style is interesting, if mixed the speech patterns only exist in dialogue, and don t permeate the thoughts of Lulu and the other characters But the style was compared, in its protrayal of provincial America, with the plain realism of Sinclair Lewis Gale set herself a task, to convince the reader that a woman of 34 who has been cowed into being a nonenity and basically a servant in her sister s household can gradually respond to overtures from sympathetic strangers and see emerge from her own subconcience a woman capable of comebacks and rebellions The author does carry it off, for the most part She also portrays a bumptious booster type in the brother in law, akin to Babbit, and two other women caught in their traditional roles, Lulu s sister and her neice I enjoyed it quite a bit.Gale was certainly an independent creature, extremely active in the suffragette movement She became a feminist, a pacifist, a liberal, a supporter of the Progressive Wisconsin senator Robert LaFollette, and she pursued civic improvement with the same passion she devoted to her writingA dedicated advocate of women s rights, Gale helped to draft and successfully campaigned for passage of the Wisconsin Equal Rights Law She was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, and belonged to the NAACP A story portraying a midwestern town s encounter with a newly arrived, highly educated Black family is included in this collection Conservation and healthy eating, children s issues, humane treatment of animals, opposition to capital punishment you name it, she was active on the liberal side Burnt out on Zelda, I decided to go Zona and take on a semi forgotten book better known for its 1921 theater adaptation, which won its author a Pulitzer, making her the first woman ever in the Drama category to receive it Miss Lulu Bett is a clever spin on village realism with a heroine who seems like a doormat until she decides to wipe the floor with her family Read it alongside Sherwood Anderson and you get a nice appreciation of the differences between social and Freudian psychology if And Burnt out on Zelda, I decided to go Zona and take on a semi forgotten book better known for its 1921 theater adaptation, which won its author a Pulitzer, making her the first woman ever in the Drama category to receive it Miss Lulu Bett is a clever spin on village realism with a heroine who seems like a doormat until she decides to wipe the floor with her family Read it alongside Sherwood Anderson and you get a nice appreciation of the differences between social and Freudian psychology if Anderson in Winesburg is all about inner dissatisfaction turning folks into grotesques, Gale is interested in the hypocrisy of etiquette and social propriety, exploring how the desire to be recognized as good folk will twist a soul The style is mainly dialogue driven, with the descriptive passages effective in conveying how bland Warbleton is Nice subplot that parallels and weaves into Lulu s story Nowhere near as exuberantly satiric as Main Street or Babbitt, which is why it s easy to overlook just how subversive its message about women s freedom is despite an obligatory marriage plot Don t let the surface hominess fool ya Gale was a barnburner in many ways.Bonus fun the silent movie version is a rare early 20s flick that still exists