Hedda Gabler and Other Plays

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Overview

In these three unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the problems of personal and social morality that he perceived in the world around him and, in particular, the complex nature of truth. The Pillars of the Community (1877) depicts a corrupt shipowner’s struggle to hide the sins of his past at the expense of another man’s reputation, while in The Wild Duck (1884) an idealist, believing he must tell the truth at any cost, destroys a family by exposing the lie behind his friend’s marriage. And Hedda ...

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Overview

In these three unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the problems of personal and social morality that he perceived in the world around him and, in particular, the complex nature of truth. The Pillars of the Community (1877) depicts a corrupt shipowner’s struggle to hide the sins of his past at the expense of another man’s reputation, while in The Wild Duck (1884) an idealist, believing he must tell the truth at any cost, destroys a family by exposing the lie behind his friend’s marriage. And Hedda Gabler (1890) portrays an unhappily married woman who is unable to break free from the conventional life she has created for herself, with tragic results for the entire family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440164
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1951
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 786,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Henrik Ibsen was born at Skien in Norway in 1828. He was one of the earliest writers to dramatise the individual's alienation from society. Although never fully appreciated during his lifetime, he has since come to be recognised as one of the greatest dramatists and the 'Father of Modern Drama'. Una Ellis-Fernor has also translated other Ibsen works for the Penguin Classics.

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Table of Contents

Henrik Ibsen: 1828-1906 iv
Plot xi
Commentary
The biographical and historical context xxiii
The geographical and stage environment xxxiii
The relationships
Hedda and Tesman xlvi
Hedda and Brack lii
Hedda and Loevborg lvi
Conclusion lx
Hedda Gabler in context lxv
Hedda Gabler on stage lxix
Further Reading lxxviii
Hedda Gabler 1
Note on the Translation 105
Notes 106
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