Four Major Plays, Volume 1

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Oxford University Press, 1981 - English drama - 355 pages
"The first play in this volume provoked such an uproar when it made its Scandinavian début that invitations to social gatherings would carry a postscript: 'You are requested not to mention Ibsen's "Doll House!"' In it, and in his next play, 'Ghosts,' Ibsen brought to light things that a self-righteous, hypocritical society would have preferred to leave under the carpet: his heroines' perceptions about society and their position in it are conveyed with a clarity that is still shockingly dramatic. When, some years later, Ibsen came to write 'Hedda Gabler' and its successor, 'The Master Builder,' his focus had shifted from the pressures exerted on women by society to the pressures individuals exerted on other individuals, in their urge to dominate and control one another. A contemporary reviewer claimed that 'Hedda's soul is a-crawl with the foulest passions of humanity.' That it is also possible to see her as a flawed idealist in an anguished private dilemma indicates how far Ibsen had brought dramatic prose towards the experession of a reality beneath the surface of words."

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I started to listen to this play on a Naxos CD. I highly recommend this classic. But for me, it is so *Powerful* that I could not finish it. This play changed things in the playwright world. I was ... Read full review

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This edition collects four of the famed Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's well-known plays: A Doll's House (Et Dukkehjem), Ghosts (Gengangere), Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder (Bygmester ... Read full review


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Henrik Ibsen, poet and playwright was born in Skein, Norway, in 1828. His creative work spanned 50 years, from 1849-1899, and included 25 plays and numerous poems. During his middle, romantic period (1840-1875), Ibsen wrote two important dramatic poems, Brand and Peer Gynt, while the period from 1875-1899 saw the creation of 11 realistic plays with contemporary settings, the most famous of which are A Doll's House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, and The Wild Duck. Henrik Ibsen died in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway in 1906.

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