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Hedda Gabler
     

Hedda Gabler

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by Henrik Ibsen
 

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Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfilment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to

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Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfilment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate fulfilment through her husband's career. Blending comedy and tragedy disconcertingly together, Ibsen probes the thwarted aspirations and hidden anxieties of his characters against a background of contemporary social conditions and attitudes.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
...stunning...amazingly contemporary in its considerations of the purpose of life, of the preservation of dignity and integrity...the big issues people don't dare to think about. And here is a staging that does not turn away...
Connecticut Post
...by far the best play of the season...HEDDA GABLER has so many layers. The tragedy plays upon the irony, which acts upon fully drawn characters to make up a thoroughly modern work...You won't see a better production of this fascinating play...
The Record-Journal
When Henrik Ibsen...wrote HEDDA GABLER 110 years ago, a woman's place in society was far different from what it is today. The fact that this psychological drama plays as well now as it did a century ago is apt tribute to the sheer genius of the playwright.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607780731
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
165 KB

Meet the Author

Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.

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Hedda Gabler 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The numerous typos render this edition impossible to read
Lianne_Masson More than 1 year ago
A classic Henrik Ibsen story about a women trapped in her own societal standing, Hedda Gabler is a classic play everyone should read. This is short enough to read in one sitting. The plot isn't complicated to follow, and the most interesting thing is that while it's easy to identify with the protagonist , Hedda, you can never quite decide if you like her.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent in that it delves into the complex relationships that spur a person's actions and reactions.