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When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the water in the small Norwegian town in which he is the resident physician has been contaminated, he does what any responsible citizen would do: reports it to the authorities. But Stockmann's good deed has the potential to ruin the town's reputation as a popular spa destination, and instead of being hailed as a hero, Stockmann is labeled an enemy of the people. Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama is a classic in itself, a penetrating exploration of what happens when the truth comes up against the will of the majority. This edition includes Arthur Miller’s preface and an introduction by John Guare.
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A Doll's House/Ghosts/Pillars of the Community/An Enemy of the People
'Our home has never been anything other than a play-house. I've been your doll-wife here, just as at home I was Daddy's doll-child'
These four plays established Ibsen as the leading figure in the theatre of his day, sending shockwaves throughout Europe and beyond. A Doll's House scandalized audiences with its free-thinking heroine Nora. Ibsen's even more radical follow-up, Ghosts, exposes family secrets and sexual double-dealing, while Pillars of the Community and An Enemy of the People both explore the hypocrisy and the dark tensions at the heart of society. This new translation, the first to be based on the latest critical edition of Ibsen's works, offers the best version available in English.
A new translation by DEBORAH DAWKIN and ERIK SKUGGEVIK
With an Introduction by TORE REM
General Editor TORE REM
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
Four of Ibsen's most important plays in superb modern translations, part of the new Penguin Ibsen series.
In these four unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the complex nature of truth, the tension between freedom and responsibility, and the terrible pull that the past exerts over the present. In The Wild Duck, an idealist destroys a family by exposing the lie behind his friend's marriage. In Rosmersholm, a respectable man is driven to extremes by guilt over his wife's death, while in The Lady from the Sea a woman is caught between her family and the enticement of the wild sea. And in Hedda Gabler, one of Ibsen's most famous and vivid anti-heroines struggles to break free from the conventional life she has created for herself, with tragic results.
The new Penguin series of Ibsen's major plays offer the best available editions in English, under the general editorship of Tore Rem. The plays have been freshly translated by the best modern translators and are based on the recently published, definitive Norwegian edition of Ibsen's works. They all include new introductions and editorial apparatus by leading scholars.
Vol. 1: Peer Gynt and Brand
Vol. 2: A Doll's House and Other Plays
Vol. 3: Hedda Gabler and Other Plays
Vol. 4: The Master Builder and Other Plays
En 2006, Casa de Muñecas fue la obra dramática más representada en el mundo; en la actualidad conserva su vigencia y es una de las más frecuentes en los teatros. Ibsen negó haber tenido intención de escribir un drama feminista; sin embargo, su obra despertó en su momento una gran sensación y causó mucha indignación. La obra es significativa por la forma en que trata el destino de una mujer casada, que en su día en Noruega carecía de oportunidades razonables para la realización personal en un mundo dominado por hombres.
Obra dramática en tres actos, Casa de Muñecas se estrenó en el Teatro Real de Copenhague, Dinamarca, el 21 de diciembre de 1879, y se publicó a principios de ese mes. La obra se desarrolla en una ciudad noruega alrededor de 1879.
Henrik Johan Ibsen (Skien, Telemark, Noruega, 20 de marzo de 1828 - Kristiania, Noruega, 23 de mayo de 1906) fue un dramaturgo y director de teatro noruego; también escribió poesía. Como uno de los fundadores del modernismo en el teatro, a Ibsen se le conoce a menudo como "el padre del realismo", y es uno de los dramaturgos más influyentes de su tiempo. Es el dramaturgo interpretado con más frecuencia en el mundo después de Shakespeare.