Hedda Gabler and Other Plays

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140440164
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1951
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 638,627
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906) is often called “the Father of Modern Drama.” Born in Norway, he enjoyed successes with the verse dramas Brand and Peer Gynt, before embarking on his great twelve-play cycle of society dramas, which includes A Dolls House and Ghosts. After twenty-one years of self-imposed exile in Italy and Germany, he died in Norway. 

Deborah Dawkin and Erik Skuggevik are literary translators.

Table of Contents

Henrik Ibsen: 1828-1906iv
The biographical and historical contextxxiii
The geographical and stage environmentxxxiii
The relationships
Hedda and Tesmanxlvi
Hedda and Bracklii
Hedda and Loevborglvi
Hedda Gabler in contextlxv
Hedda Gabler on stagelxix
Further Readinglxxviii
Hedda Gabler1
Note on the Translation105

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Hedda Gabler and Other Plays 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of three plays by Mr. Ibsen deals with lies and truth. The interesting thing about these examples is that the lies get more and more destructive as you read from the first play, 'The Pillars of the Community' to the last play, 'Hedda Gabler'. And they aren't just lies to others - the lies we tell ourselves are just as bad. Interesting choice of plays and themes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago