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A Doll's House: A New Version by Frank McGuinness

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Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora's acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the tight web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that only possible true course of action is to leave the family home.

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Overview

Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora's acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the tight web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that only possible true course of action is to leave the family home.

Frank McGuinness's version of A Doll's House received its London premiere in October 1996 and opened on Broadway in 1997, where the production won four Tony Awards.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A triumphant Doll's House . . . thrilling."-John Lahr, The New Yorker

"A wonderfully loose-limbed adaptation."-The New York Times

"Superb . . . This is a play very much for today. Frank McGuinness's sprightly and spirited new version secures its place as a truly contemporary masterpiece."-Mail on Sunday (London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571191291
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 2/27/1997
  • Series: Methuen Student Editions Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 642,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828. His plays include Peer Gynt (1867), A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), Hedda Gabler (1890), and The Master Builder (1892). He died in 1906.

Frank McGuinness was born in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and now lives in Dublin, where he teaches at University College. His plays include: The Factory Girls (1984), Baglady (1985), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985), Innocence (1986), Carthaginians (1988), Mary and Lizzie (1989), The Bread Man (1991), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (1992), The Bird Sanctuary (1994), and Mutabilitie (1997). His translations include Ibsen's Rosmersholm (1987), Peer Gynt (1988), and Hedda Gabler (1994); Chekhov's Three Sisters (1990), Uncle Vanya (1995); Lorca's Yerma (1987); Brecht's The Threepenny Opera (1991); and Ostrovsky's The Storm (1998).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2001

    Great story to read

    This story is amazing, I had to read it for a class project and was not looking forward to it, until i started reading, i did not want to stop even if i had other things to do. very realistic and entertaining. I can say that I would read another Ibsen book without thinking it twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    fallen in love or fallen in truth

    good book.i think both nora and helmer fell in love with the idea of being in love thats why they were togeather for so long. Unfortunetly Nora was the only one to recognize it, and thats why she decided to leave everything behind. She thought that all she had, was worth nothing to her if she didnt know herself first. i would reccomend to be read.

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