Ibsen's best-known play displays his genius for realistic prose drama. An expression of women's rights, the play climaxes when the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house." A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, A Doll's House richly displays the genius with which Henrik Ibsen pioneered modern, realistic prose drama. In the central character of Nora, Ibsen epitomized the human struggle against the humiliating constraints of social conformity. Nora's ultimate rejection of a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house" shocked theatergoers of the late 1800's and opened new horizons for playwrights and their audiences.
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.
About the Author
Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.
|Henrik Johan Ibsen: 1828-1906||p. v|
|The historical situation||p. xix|
|Ibsen and nineteenth-century Norwegian theatre||p. xix|
|Ibsen's naturalism||p. xxiv|
|Ibsen's influence||p. xlvii|
|Further reading||p. 1|
|A Doll's House||p. 21|
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Series: Dover Thrift Editions
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 21st February 1992
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.8 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.07
Edition Type: New edition