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Book Title: The Complete Major Prose Plays|
The author of the book: Henrik Ibsen
ISBN 13: 9780452254732
Date of issue: April 3rd 1978
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At the end of his life, Ibsen wanted all of these plays to be considered as an interconnected series with recurring themes (and one recurring character), somewhat like Frank Zappa's idea of "conceptual continuity". Translator Rolf Fjelde, who agonized over his word choices much more than a hired gun translator of a single play looking for a quick paycheck, characterized Ibsen as a playwright concerned foremost with truth and freedom, which is not inaccurate. If a single theme characterizes all twelve, a few of which are five-star plays, it is the importance of living an honest life on one's own terms, even if one must defy all of the expectations of society and human history. It is the antipode of the pragmatist, conformist culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and a window to a more rational, more salubrious culture.
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Read information about the authorHenrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.
His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries.
Ibsen largely founded the modern stage by introducing a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. Victorian-era plays were expected to be moral dramas with noble protagonists pitted against darker forces; every drama was expected to result in a morally appropriate conclusion, meaning that goodness was to bring happiness, and immorality pain. Ibsen challenged this notion and the beliefs of his times and shattered the illusions of his audiences.
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