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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (September 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486272818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486272818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He [Strindberg] is bold, this Swede. Never have I seen the aristocratism of serfs so lucidly portrayed. The idea of the play struck me forcibly, and the author s power awoke in me feelings of envy and surprise. --Maxim Gorky on MISS JULIE

I read MISS JULIE back in the eighties (or early nineties). I know it, but I read it now again with great pleasure... He is a remarkable writer. He has a quite unusual power. --Anton Chekhov

I was born too soon to be greatly influenced by him as a playwright, but he [Strindberg] is among the greatest of the great... [Though] I have a technical objection to making sexual infatuation a tragic theme [MISS JULIE]. Experience proves it is only effective in comic spirit. --George Bernard Shaw

I read MISS JULIE back in the eighties (or early nineties). I know it, but I read it now again with great pleasure... He is a remarkable writer. He has a quite unusual power. --Anton Chekhov

I was born too soon to be greatly influenced by him as a playwright, but he [Strindberg] is among the greatest of the great... [Though] I have a technical objection to making sexual infatuation a tragic theme [MISS JULIE]. Experience proves it is only effective in comic spirit. --George Bernard Shaw --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
A previous reviewer (annalait@apia.vlk.fi) commented that Miss Julie is a true story about Strindberg, his 16 yr. old lover and his wife Harriet. This is not entirely correct. It is based on one of his marriages - to his first wife Siri von Essen. He married Siri in 1877. Miss Julie was written in 1888 and was first put on stage in 1889 with Siri acting out the role of Julie. He divorced Siri in 1891 and did not meet Harriet (who was actually his third wife) until 1900. They married in 1901. Strindberg identifies with Jean in the play. Strindberg felt inferior to Siri (a Baroness). Jean was also inferior to Julie but he triumphed over her in the end.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Eisenstein on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Definitely one of the better plays I have read in my survey of late 19th century European drama. While there are slight flaws in it, such as frequent mood swings by the characters, the overall writing is fabulous. Jean is a perfectly portrayed Machiavelli, doing what is necessary for him to succeed at whatever costs. Julie, on the other hand, wavers between the strong and self-confident seductress of the beginning, to the weak and manipulated wronged woman at the end. Definitely a cornerstone in the history of modern drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Miss Julie," by August Strindberg, is a play with three speaking parts: Miss Julie, a nobleman's daughter; Jean, a young valet; and Christine, a cook in the household. The Dover Thrift Edition version is translated by Edwin Bjorkman. A brief introductory note states that the play first appeared as a printed text in 1888, a year before its first staging.
The play's title character is bold and flirtatious; her behavior, unsurprisingly, leads to controversy. "Miss Julie" is a fascinating glimpse at a society that is rigidly ordered around class stratification, gender roles, and sexual conduct; the play looks at the consequences when people resist this rigid order. The play has some really startling, thought-provoking dialogue.
Recommended companion texts: "Hands Around," by Arthur Schnitzler; "Daisy Miler," by Henry James; and "Cuckoos," by Giuseppe Manfridi. Each of these three literary works shares at least one significant theme or motif in common with "Miss Julie."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on January 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Strindberg's classic play follows the downward spiral of an aristocratic young woman whose break-up with her fiancé is quite the talk of the estate. Miss Julie pursues her father's valet, and seduces him, without thought for the repercussions. Unfortunately for Julie, these consequences must be faced. Controversial at its debut, "Miss Julie" also was highly original in form and structure, and while its subject matter isn't as shocking today, the palpable drama does resonate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Wonder on March 31, 2011
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Strindberg is, in my view, one of the greatest tragedians of modern times, an heir to Aeschylus and Sophocles. His characters, multi-dimensional and tortured souls, wedge an almighty war against each other. More disturbingly, they wedge a war against their inner selves, a war which they both win and lose. Julia and Jean are as cruel as they are tender, with their masculine and feminine elements locked in a deadly embrace. A class war and the war of the sexes, is ultimately a war of instincts. No wonder, Eugene O'Neill, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech said: `Without Strindberg there wouldn't have been me'. I think that `Miss Julia' is Strindberg's best play, not least because of its extraordinary economy of expression (worthy of Aeschylus).
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While keeping faith with August Strindberg's original intent, French's take on this classic repartee emphasizes the arguments used by the main characters in a subtle twisting of gender vs. class. There are three main characters: Miss Julie, daughter of a count; Jean, the count's manservant; and Kristin, the cook, who provides a dispassionate social commentary to the exchanges between Miss Julie and Jean, her rigid morality and sense of place indisputable.

From the start, Miss Julie, although from a superior class to the servants, is described by them as "emotionally unstable", her actions on Midsummer's Eve "inappropriate". Although she enjoys the distinction of her position, Miss Julie's power is tempered by the fact that she is female and given to behavior that simply is not perceived the same way as a male in a patriarchal society. In that sense, Miss Julie is destined to be the loser in any confrontation, regardless of the fact that Jean, her seducer, is a servant.

In a class-based world, the servants live strictly proscribed lives, their own hierarchy governed by acceptable and unacceptable mores. Jean is acutely aware of this state of affairs; although he is the culprit, giving into his male nature and taking advantage of Miss Julie's confusion and inexperience, it is she who suffers, she who is akin to a baby bird fallen from the nest with no instinct for survival.

Running the gamut of emotions, from desire to jealousy to dominance, Jean's behavior is all the more shocking for his blasé manipulation of the situation. Having had his satisfaction, he toys with his victim before falling back into the more comfortable role of manservant.
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