An Enemy of the People

Ivan R. Dee
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Nicholas Rudall, whose acclaimed translations of Ibsen and the Greek classic playwrights have brought a fresh perspective to the American theater, turns his talents to one of the Norwegian dramatist's most provocative plays. In a rebuke to the Victorian notion of community as well as to the blessings of democracy, Ibsen creates a situation in which one man must stand alone to face the forces allied against him. In a coastal town, a community-minded physician has promoted the development of public baths in order to attract tourists. When he discovers that the water supply for the baths is contaminated and attempts to publicize the failing and correct it, he and his family are all but driven out of the town he was trying to save.
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Nicholas Rudall is co-editor, with Bernard Sahlins, of the Plays for Performance series published by Ivan R. Dee. He is an actor, director, and former artistic director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago as well as emeritus professor of classics at the University. He lives in Chicago.
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Publisher
Ivan R. Dee
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Published on
Jun 14, 2007
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Pages
142
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ISBN
9781615780303
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / General
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Henrik Ibsen
This carefully crafted ebook: “The Best of Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House + Hedda Gabler + Ghosts + An Enemy of the People + The Wild Duck + Peer Gynt (Illustrated)” contains 6 books in one volume and is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. 1. A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1879. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. 2. Hedda Gabler is a play published in 1890. It premiered in 1891 in Germany and gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. Hedda may be portrayed as an idealistic heroine fighting society, a victim of circumstance, a prototypical feminist, or a manipulative villain. 3. Ghosts is a play written in 1881 and first staged in 1882. Like many of Ibsen's better-known plays, Ghosts is a scathing commentary on 19th-century morality. Ghosts had challenged the hypocrisy of Victorian morality and was deemed indecent for its veiled references to syphilis. 4. An Enemy of the people is an 1882 play originally written in Danish in response to the public outcry against his play Ghosts, which at that time was considered scandalous. 5. The Wild Duck (1884), in a sense, solved Ibsen's own moral dilemma as he struggled between a militant idealism (as in Enemy of the People) and his own worldly temperament. With a pragmatic, anti-romantic viewpoint, this drama presents a continuum between the opposing values of the Ideal and the Real. 6. Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse, based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Written in the Dano-Norwegian language, it was first published in 1867. In Peer Gynt, Ibsen satirized the weaknesses of the Norwegian people, incorporating them into the character of Peer. Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder.
Henrik Ibsen
Among the masterpieces of world literature, this early verse drama by the celebrated Norwegian playwright humorously yet profoundly explores the virtues, vices, and follies common to all humanity — as represented in the person of Peer Gynt, a charming but irresponsible young peasant. Based on Norwegian folklore and Ibsen’s own imaginative inventions, the play relates the roguish life of the world-wandering Peer, who finds wealth and fame — but never happiness — although he is redeemed by love in the end.
As the play opens the young farmer attends a wedding and meets Solveig, the woman who is eventually to be his salvation. However, the rascally Peer then kidnaps the bride and later abandons her in the wilderness. This dismal performance is followed by a string of adventures (many of which do not reflect well on Peer) in many lands. After these soul-chilling exploits, an old and embittered Peer returns to Norway, eventually finding solace in the arms of the faithful Solveig.
Like other early Ibsen plays, such as Brand (1866) and Emperor and Galilean (1874), the work is imbued with poetic mysticism and romanticism, and in Peer we find a rebellious central character in search of an ultimate truth that always seems just out of reach. In this sense Peer can be seen as an alter ego of Ibsen himself, whose lifelong search for artistic and moral certainties resulted in the great later plays (Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, An Enemy of the People, etc.) upon which his reputation chiefly rests. This rich, poetic version of Peer Gynt is considered the standard translation.
Book 11
For the first time in digital publishing, this comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Henrik Ibsen, the 'Father of Modernism', with numerous illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* 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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CONTENTS:

The Plays
CATILINE
THE BURIAL MOUND
LADY INGER OF OESTRAAT
THE FEAST AT SOLHAUG
OLAF LILJEKRANS
THE VIKINGS AT HELGELAND
LOVE'S COMEDY
THE PRETENDERS
BRAND
PEER GYNT
THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH
EMPEROR AND GALILEAN
PILLARS OF SOCIETY
A DOLL'S HOUSE
GHOSTS
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
THE WILD DUCK
ROSMERSHOLM
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
HEDDA GABLER
THE MASTER BUILDER
LITTLE EYOLF
JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN
WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN

The Poems
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)

The Non-Fiction
SPEECHES AND NEW LETTERS

The Criticism
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 Biography
THE LIFE OF HENRIK IBSEN by Edmund Gosse

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