The Complete Major Prose Plays

The Complete Major Prose Plays


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ISBN-13: 9780452257979
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/1983
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Henrik Ibsen was born of well-to-do parents at Skien, a small Norwegian coastal town, on March 20, 1828. In 1836 his father went bankrupt, and the family was reduced to near poverty. At the age of fifteen, he was apprenticed to an apothecary in Grimstad. In 1850 Ibsen ventured to Christiania—present-day Oslo—as a student, with the hope of becoming a doctor. On the strength of his first two plays he was appointed “theater-poet” to the new Bergen National Theater, where he wrote five conventional romantic and historical dramas and absorbed the elements of his craft. In 1857 he was called to the directorship of the financially unsound Christiania Norwegian Theater, which failed in 1862. In 1864, exhausted and enraged by the frustration of his efforts toward a national drama and theater, he quit Norway for what became twenty-seven years of voluntary exile abroad. In Italy he wrote the volcanic Brand (1866), which made his reputation and secured him a poet’s stipend from the government. Its companion piece, the phantasmagoric Peer Gynt, followed in 1867, then the immense double play, Emperor and Galilean (1873), expressing his philosophy of civilization. Meanwhile, having moved to Germany, Ibsen had been searching for a new style. With The Pillars of Society he found it; this became the first of twelve plays, appearing at two-year intervals, that confirmed his international standing as the foremost dramatist of his age. In 1900 Ibsen suffered the first of several strokes that incapacitated him. He died in Oslo on May 23, 1906.

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The Complete Major Prose Plays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KhanBuriKhan on LibraryThing 11 months ago
There is so much more to Ibsen than "Peer Gynt," "A Doll House," "The Master Builder," and "Hedda Gabler." Ibsen was more than a dramatist. He was a poet (in the wide sense) and prophet. Although not always able to get his vision across (e.g., Emperor and Galilean), His messages and vision have as much meaning today as they did when he was alive.
pickwick817 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This collection was good, but I prefer George Bernard Shaw. Ibsen seemed to have a social agenda in sevaral plays, which was neither a good or bad point. The plays include a broad variety of people, from different classes and backgrounds. The plays were well written and entertaining, but none really stood out as exceptional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A serious appreciation of Ibsen is at work here. The finest translation I have seen.