ISBN : 9780199536191
A Doll's House provoked uproar when it made its Scandinavian debut in 1879. In it, and its immediate successor, Ghosts, Ibsen brought to light attitudes that self-righteous, hypocritical society would have preferred to leave unexamined; his eroins' perceptions about society and their position in it are conveyed with a clarity that is still shockingly dramatic.
In Hedda Gabler and The Master Builder Ibsen shifted his focus from the pressures exerted on woemn by society to the pressures individuals exert on other individuals in their urge to dominate and control one another. Hedda Gabler, 'a-cral with the foulest passions of humaity', as one contemporary reviewer claimed, is also flawed idealist in an anguished private dilemma; in creating her Ibsen brought dramatic prose towards the expression of a reality beneath the urface of words.
This collection of plays is taken from the Oxford Ibsen, James McFarlane's acclaimed scholarly edition.
Introduction by James McFarlane
Chronology of Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House
The Master Builder