|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1873|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1924, Greece|
George Cram "Jig" Cook, novelist and playwright, was noted for his co-founding of the Provincetown Players and for his love of ancient Greece. He was born into a well-to-do family wherein education was highly valued. He studied at the University of Iowa and completed his bachelor's degree at Harvard in 1893 before continuing his studies at the University of Heidelberg and at the University of Geneva. Upon completion of his education, Cook taught English literature at the University of Iowa from 1896 until 1898. When the Spanish-American War broke out he enlisted in a regiment of the Iowa Volunteer Infantry, but he reportedly never fired a shot during the entire conflict.
In 1902 he married his first wife, Sara Herndon Swain of Chicago. That fall, he and Sara moved to California where he had accepted a professorship in English Literature at Stanford University. Cook lasted one school year before he realized that this life was not for him, and the two returned to the Davenport area. His first novel (as sole author) "Roderick Taliaferro" was published that same year. Settling at a Cook family home near Buffalo, Iowa called The Cabin, George and Sara's marriage deteriorated until she moved out in 1905. By the time of their divorce in 1907, he was already engaged to Mollie Anastasia Price, a journalist, feminist, and believer in free love. They had two children, but this marriage too would soon end in divorce when Cook realized he was in love with the writer Susan Glaspell. George and Susan married in 1913 and subsequently settled in Greenwich Village, New York City.
With his wife and other bohemians and artists summering on Cape Cod in 1915, Cook established the Provincetown Players, a seminal theatre company in the development of the modern American stage. Notable for producing Eugene O'Neill's first plays, and providing a salon for such literary lights as Edna St. Vincent Millay and the critic Floyd Dell, Cook would lead the Provincetown Players until taking a sabbatical in 1919. He returned in 1920 and would remain in charge until relieved of his duties by his protégé, O'Neill. In 1922 Cook moved to Greece to explore his long-standing interest in Ancient Greek philosophy. His death at Delphi, Greece is believed to have resulted from a case of glanders contracted from his dog. As a testament to his devotion to the study of Ancient Greece, his wish to be buried at Delphi was not only honored, but authorities there also used a stone from the ruins to mark his grave. His daughter Nilla was buried beside him following her death in 1982.
Edward Everett Cook (1843 - 1914)
Ellen Katherine Dodge Cook (1846 - 1918)
Sara Herndon Swain Wilson (1880 - 1958)
Mollie Anastasia Price Rapp (1885 - 1929)
Susan Glaspell (1876 - 1948)
Nilla Cram Cook (1908 - 1982)*
Harlan Edward Cook (1910 - 1959)*
Reuel Bridge Cook (1869 - 1946)*
George Cram Cook (1873 - 1924)
Delphi Temple Complex
Regional unit of Athens
Created by: Ted Schmitz
Record added: Jul 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73661992
Added: Jan. 23, 2012