Ibsen wrote Hedda Gabler in Munich in 1890, shortly before his return to Norway after twenty-seven years of self-imposed exile. The play was intended as a tragedy on the purposelessness of life and, in particular, that which was imposed on the women of his time, both by their upbringing and by the social conventions which limited their activities. When it was first produced, it met with misunderstanding and abuse. It has nevertheless become one of the most popular of Ibsen's plays.
"Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence in the poetic center of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field."—George Steiner, New Statesman
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is generally regarded as the father of modern theatre: "His influence on contemporaries and following generations, whether directly or indirectly ... can hardly be overestimated."—John Russell Taylor
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Hedda Gabler (Classic Drama)User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A radio version of the classic Ibsen play, this production benefits from a great British cast led by Juliet Stevenson as Hedda Gabler. The play, as with all Ibsen dramas, is a moving blend of ... Read full review
Review: Hedda GablerUser Review - Amy Etherington - Goodreads
Dark, intriguing, mysteriously ambiguous and an eponymous heroine that leers away from the 19th Century female stereotype. This work of Ibsen's strips his characters of anything spiritual and focuses ... Read full review