But daring social themes are only one aspect of Ibsen's power as a dramatist. A Doll's House shows as well his gifts for creating realistic dialogue, a suspenseful flow of events and, above all, psychologically penetrating characterizations that make the struggles of his dramatic personages utterly convincing. Here is a deeply absorbing play as readable as it is eminently playable, reprinted from an authoritative translation.
One of the best-known, most frequently performed modern plays, A Doll’s House richly displays the genius with which Henrik Ibsen pioneered realistic prose drama. The central character, Nora, epitomizes the human struggle against the humiliating constraints of social conformity. Her ultimate rejection of a smothering marriage and life in a “doll’s house” shocked theatergoers of the late nineteenth century and opened new horizons for playwrights and their audiences.
However, daring social themes are only one aspect of Ibsen’s power as a dramatist. A Doll’s House demonstrates his ability to create realistic dialogue and a suspenseful flow of events, and bring to life the psychologically penetrating characterizations that make the struggles of his dramatic personages utterly convincing. Here is a deeply absorbing dramatic work as readable as it is eminently playable.
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Ibsen's Hedda is an aristocratic and spiritually hollow woman, nearly devoid of redeeming virtues. George Bernard Shaw described her as having "no conscience, no conviction … she remains mean, envious, insolent, cruel, in protest against others' happiness." Her feeling of anger and jealousy toward a former schoolmate and her ruthless manipulation of her husband and an earlier admirer lead her down a destructive path that ends abruptly with her own tragic demise.
Presented in this handsome, inexpensive edition, Hedda Gabler offers an unforgettable experience for any lover of great drama or fine literature. Among the most performed and studied of Ibsen's dramas, it continues to provoke and challenge audiences and readers all over the world.
Brian Friel's version of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in September 2008, to celebrate the theatre's birthday, eighty years after the Gate's inaugural production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
A Doll House • The Wild Duck • Hedda Gabler • The Master Builder
Among the greatest and best known of Ibsen’s works, these four plays brilliantly exemplify his landmark contributions to the theater: his realistic dialogue, probing of social problems, and depiction of characters’ inner lives as well as their actions. Rich in symbolism and often autobiographical, each of these dramas deals convincingly and provocatively with such universal themes as greed, fear, and sexual hostility, and confronts the eternal conflict between reality and illusion. These Rolf Fjelde translations have been widely acclaimed as the definitive versions of the major works of the father of modern theater.
Translated and with a Foreword by Rolf Fjelde
And an Afterword by Joan Templeton
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House premiered in 1879 in Copenhagen, the second in a series of realist plays by Ibsen, and immediately provoked controversy with its apparently feminist message and exposure of the hypocrisy of Victorian middle-class marriage. In Ibsen's play, Nora Helmer has secretly (and deceptively) borrowed a large sum of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on a sabbatical in Italy. Torvald's perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge, and Torvald appreciates the initiative behind his wife, that unmendable cracks appear in their marriage.
This compelling new version of Ibsen's masterpiece by playwright Simon Stephens premiered at the Young Vic Theatre, London, on 29 June 2012.
'Ibsen's great feminist drama' Daily Telegraph
In this powerful work, Ibsen places his main characters, Dr. Thomas Stockman, in the role of an enlightened and persecuted minority of one confronting an ignorant, powerful majority. When the physician learns that the famous and financially successful baths in his hometown are contaminated, he insists they be shut down for expensive repairs. For his honesty, he is persecuted, ridiculed, and declared an "enemy of the people" by the townspeople, included some who have been his closest allies.
First staged in 1883, An Enemy of the People remains one of the most frequently performed plays by a writer considered by many the "father of modern drama." This easily affordable edition makes available to students, teachers, and general readers a major work by one of the world's great playwrights.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Ibsen's life and works
* Detailed introductions to the plays and other texts
* 24 plays with individual contents tables, many appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as PEER GYNT are fully illustrated
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Also includes Ibsen's complete works in the original Norwegian language ñ ideal for students (Ibsens samlede verker i norsk sprÂk)
* Features Ibsen's rare speeches and letters in English translation
* Unique criticism section, with essays by writers such as Henry James and James Joyce evaluating Ibsen's contribution to literature
* Features Edmund Gosse's celebrated biography on his friend Ibsen - discover the playwright's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: there are no known translations of the two early plays NORMA and ST. JOHN'S EVE in the public domain.
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THE BURIAL MOUND
LADY INGER OF OESTRAAT
THE FEAST AT SOLHAUG
THE VIKINGS AT HELGELAND
THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH
EMPEROR AND GALILEAN
PILLARS OF SOCIETY
A DOLL'S HOUSE
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
THE WILD DUCK
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
THE MASTER BUILDER
JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN
WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN
INTRODUCTION TO IBSEN'S POETRY by Fydell Edmund Garrett
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Norwegian Texts (De norske tekster)
LIST OF WORKS (LISTE OVER IBSENS VERKER)
SPEECHES AND NEW LETTERS
HENRIK IBSEN by Arthur Symons
A DOLL'S HOUSE by Montrose J. Moses
GHOSTS by Montrose J. Moses
HEDDA GABLER by Frank W. Chandler
THE MASTER BUILDER by Frank W. Chandler
HENRIK IBSEN by Henry James
IBSEN'S NEW DRAMA by James Joyce
THE LIFE OF HENRIK IBSEN by Edmund Gosse
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Also includes an interview with Joel K. Bourne, Jr., former senior environment editor for National Geographic, on man-made environmental disasters, climate change, and the state of the world's water supply.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring: Richard Kind, Gregory Harrison, Rosalind Ayres, Emily Swallow, Josh Stamberg, Tom Virtue, Alan Shearman, Alan Mandell, and Jon Matthews. Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Directed by Martin Jarvis.
An Enemy of the People is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen’s play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:Calista Flockhart as Nora HelmerTony Abatemarco as Dr. RankTim Dekay as Torvald HelmerJeannie Elias as Anne-Marie/ HeleneGregory Itzin as Nils KrogstadJobeth Williams as Mrs. Linde
Translated by Rolf Fjelde. Directed by Rosalind Ayres.
Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in September, 2011.
©2011 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works
Blackstone Audio is proud to present seven great plays in a collection that illustrates the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater: Medea by Euripides, The Tempest by Shakespeare, The Imaginary Invalid by Molière, Camille by Dumas, An Enemy of the People by Ibsen, Arms and the Man by Shaw, and Uncle Vanya by Chekhov.
A superb repertory company with distinguished guest artists has been assembled here, under the direction of veteran producer Yuri Rasovsky, who has won both an Audie Award for book production and the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting. These full performances use all the resources of audio to full advantage while keeping the substance of the works intact, resulting in both greater intimacy and lively theatrics.