Suckow is especially interesting to young feminists because
of her own life
and because of her portrayal of many strong, independent women
who refused to be placed in a mold."--Margaret Matlack Kiesel, 1978
Suckow was a writer whose novels and short stories reflected
her Iowa background. A Hawarden native, she began her writing
career as a poet, soon discovering that she could not earn a
living from her poems. Suckow, therefore, mastered the art of
beekeeping and supported herself by selling honey while she began
writing novels and short stories. In the 1920s, Suckow was ranked
as one of the top 10 American fiction writers by H.L. Mencken,
a noted critic and publisher. Her writing is of special interest
to feminists because of its portrayal of strong, independent
women. Two of her novels, Country People and Iowa Interiors,
were reissued in the 1970s in a series titled Rediscovered
Fiction by American Women. Born in 1892, Suckow died in 1960.
Suckow was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1978.
was honored in 1992, 32 years after her death and on the 100th
anniversary of her birth date with Just Suppose, a one-woman
play about her life, which was performed in seven Iowa communities
where Suckow had ties. The play, written by Rebecca Christian
of Dubuque and acted by Lenore Howard of Dubuque, is still performed
today to special groups.