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A Doll's House / Ghosts / An Enemy of the People / The Wild Duck (1959)

by Henrik Ibsen

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Feminists have adopted Ibsen as a kindred spirit, and reading these plays, it's hard not to understand why (though there are some things in the introductory essays that seem to miss key aspects of these plays). While many of the things in these plays may seem dated, the struggle for something better is timeless. Ibsen catches despair well; he also struggles with some of life's big questions about truth vs. the comfortable lie, and most of all about the meaninglessness of life. ( )
  Devil_llama | Mar 16, 2015 |
Book Description: Published Sep 1981, Bantam Books. Paperback. CONDITION NEW COPY, Pages: 320,
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
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  wlchui | Aug 2, 2009 |
Going to see Ghosts in a few weeks, so I wanted to refresh my memory of Ibsen. All I really knew was A Doll's House, which was fun to reread. Ghosts seems so melodramatic I'm not sure how it will play. In today's world, congenital syphilis, while horrifying, does not seem as damaging a confession as it was then. The Wild Duck was the most satisfyingly complex of the plays, and I found the plight of the daughter, Hedvig, particularly moving. Ibsen seems to create intelligent women who are ruined by self-satisfied, deluded men (whom they manipulate with quiet skill). Can't wait to see the play. ( )
1 vote kishields | Jul 30, 2009 |
Two of my favorite plays ("The Wild Duck" and "An Enemy of the People") and two I've not yet read ("Ghosts" and "A Doll's House") or witnessed as a performance.

Ibsen is one of the great playrights. "An Enemy of the People" is a great tale of a man standing up to his nieghbors on a matter of principle . . . . on an issue of pollution. "The Wild Duck" is a fascinating look at the destruction of the social fabric when the lies that allow people to live in peace are shown to be false. ( )
  wirkman | Apr 17, 2007 |
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Ibsen, HenrikAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gassner, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharp, R. FarquharsonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055321280X, Paperback)

Here, in a single volume, are four major plays by the first modern playwright, Henrick Ibsen. Ghosts -the startling portrayal of a family destroyed by disease and infidelity. The Wild Duck -- A poignant drama of lost illusions. An Enemy Of The People -- Ibsen's vigorous attack on public opinion.  And A Doll's House -- the play that scandalized the Victorian world with its unsparing views of love and marriage, featuring one of the most controversial heroines -- and one of the most famous exists -- in the literature of the stage.

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Four major plays by the first modern playwright, Norwegian dramatist Ibsen, which use psychological insights to blast contemporary Victorian proprieties and the bourgeoisie.

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