Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&N Classics Trade Paper)
Henrik IbsenISBN: 1593080611;
Book Description The father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen shook off the stale conventions of nineteenth-century theater and made the stage play an instrument for brilliantly illuminating the dark recesses of human nature. After writing historical plays and imaginative epic dramas in verse, such as Peer Gynt , Ibsen turned away from history and romanticism to focus instead on the problems of the individual and modern society. The plays of his middle period— A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and his most popular play, Hedda Gabler —are masterpieces of stark psychological realism. In his final plays, including The Master Builder , Ibsen mixed realism and symbolism to enrich his examination of our subconscious drives and urges. Ibsen was criticized and denounced during his lifetime for expanding the boundaries of what is acceptable fare for the stage. Audiences were shocked when he wrote of feminist yearnings, venereal disease, and...
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