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"Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence on the poetic centre of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field" (George Steiner)

The plays shine freshly from the pages …This will be our definitive Ibsen." (JC Trewin) This volume contains Ibsen's first great modern prose play and his two last symbolic dramas. The Pillars of Society, written between 1875 and 1877, exhibits many of the classic elements which ...

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"Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence on the poetic centre of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field" (George Steiner)

The plays shine freshly from the pages …This will be our definitive Ibsen." (JC Trewin) This volume contains Ibsen's first great modern prose play and his two last symbolic dramas. The Pillars of Society, written between 1875 and 1877, exhibits many of the classic elements which recur in the subsequent plays - a marriage founded on a lie, women stunted by social conventions, an arrogant man destroying the happiness of those around him. John Gabriel Borkman (1896), according to Edvard Munch, is "the most powerful winter landscape in Scandinavian art"; and Ibsen's last play, When We Dead Awaken (1899), also dealing with "the coldness of heart", showed, said Bernard Shaw, "no decay of Ibsen's highest qualities. His magic is nowhere more potent.

Michael Meyer's translations are 'crisp and cobweb-free, purged of verbal Victoriana' (Kenneth Tynan)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750937382
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright and poet whose realistic, symbolic and often controversial plays revolutionised European theatre. He is widely regarded as the father of modern drama. His acclaimed plays include A Doll's House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People.

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Table of Contents

Note to the 1992 Edition vii
Introduction ix
Part 1 The Making of a Dramatist
1 Ancestry and Childhood: 1828-43 3
2 The Apothecary's Apprentice: 1844-50 18
3 Ibsen at University: 1850-51 42
4 The Unholy Trade: 1851-4 62
5 Kid Gloves in Bergen: 1854-7 83
6 The Chicken Ladder: 1857-9 100
7 The Thousand Beaks: 1859-62 114
8 Out of the Tunnel: 1862-4 133
Part 2 Italian Spring
9 The New Michelangelo: 1864-6 153
10 Peer Gynt: 1866-8 181
Part 3 German Seed-Time
11 Dresden: The League of Youth: 1868-9 205
12 Egypt: 1869 215
13 Doubts and Hesitations: 1870 223
14 The Farewell to Poetry: 1871 237
15 An English Admirer; and a New Friendship: 1872-3 252
16 The End of Several Phases: 1873-5 263
Part 4 The Critic of Society
17 Munich and Gossensass: 1875-6 287
18 The Pillars of Society: 1877-8 305
19 A Doll's House: 1878-80 321
20 Ghosts: 1881-2 342
21 An Enemy of the People: 1882 356
22 The Wild Duck: 1883-4 367
Part 5 The Explorer of the Unconscious
23 Rosmersholm: 1885-6 393
24 'All the Women Are in Love with Him': 1886-7 410
25 The Lady from the Sea, and the Breakthrough in England: 1888-9 428
26 The Summer in Gossensass: 1889 441
27 Portrait of the Dramatist as a Young Woman: 1889-90 456
28 The End of an Exile: 1891 471
Part 6 The Top of a Cold Mountain
29 A Lion at Evening; 1891 489
30 The Master Builder: 1892 499
31 'Dull, Mysterious, Unchaste': 1893 514
32 Little Eyolf: 1894 524
33 John Gabriel Borkman: 1895-6 535
34 Irritations: 1897 549
35 The Other Side of the Medal: 1898 556
36 The Top of a Cold Mountain: 1899 572
37 The Running Demon: 1900-06 581
Epilogue 601
Select Bibliography 609
Index 616
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