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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 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
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's House (Et dukkehjem)
An Enemy of the People (En Folkefiende)
Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler)
John Gabriel Borkman
Lady Inger of Oestraat (Fru Inger til Østeraad)
Little Eyolf (Lille Eyolf)
Love's Comedy (Kjærlighedens Komedie)
Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt)
Pillars of Society (Samfundets støtter)
The Lady from the Sea (Fruen fra havet)
The Master Builder (Bygmester Solness)
The Warrior's Barrow (Kjæmpehøjen)
The Vikings of Helgeland (Hærmændene paa Helgeland)
The Wild Duck (Vildanden)
When We Dead Awaken (Når vi døde vågner)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Henrik Johan Ibsen 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 the theatre. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. The poetic and cinematic play Peer Gynt, however, has strong surreal elements.
Ibsen is often ranked as one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition. Richard Hornby describes him as "a profound poetic dramatist—the best since Shakespeare". He is widely regarded as the most important playwright since Shakespeare.
He influenced other playwrights and novelists such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, and Eugene O'Neill.
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
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.
Ibsen's classic tragic masterpiece, in a new version by Richard Eyre.
Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father.
But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving's dissolute life.
Richard Eyre's scintillating new version of perhaps Ibsen's greatest play premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London in October 2013.
'raw and unsparing, but also devastatingly true to the spirit of the original... theatre seldom, if ever, comes greater than this' Sunday Telegraph
'both humorous and deeply affecting... the most lucid and affecting version of the play I have ever seen' Time Out
'Richard Eyre's new stripped-down 90-minute version has glories too many to list' The Times
Casa de muñecas fue escrita dos años después de Las columnas de la sociedad y fue la primera obra dramática de Ibsen que causó sensación. En la actualidad es quizá su obra más famosa y su lectura es obligatoria en muchas escuelas y universidades. Cuando Casa de muñecas se publicó generó gran controversia, ya que critica fuertemente las normas matrimoniales del siglo XIX. Aunque Ibsen negó que su obra fuera feminista, es considerada por muchos críticos como la primera verdadera obra teatral feminista.