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Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography

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It is difficult for 21st-century readers and theatergoers to comprehend fully the powerful impact that dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) had on his own contemporaries. Even young writers in other countries felt the firm grasp of his influence: Dubliner James Joyce taught himself Dano-Norwegian so that he might read Ibsen's naturalistic plays in their original language. By...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published May 15th 1996 by Dorset Press
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Espen
Found this in my bookshelf when looking for Ibsen's collected for on of my daughters. Good, mostly based on correspondence, traditional chronological discussion, underscores Ibsen's very secluded nature and tendency to write himself into every play. Not to mention his love-hate relationship with his home country, keen eye on sales figures, vanity, callousness towards his family and monomanical focus on his work. Not a very pleasant man - all his humanity came out in his plays, apparently.
Steven Wall
This is a difficult review -- I think that this biography is essential reading for both students of theatre and of Scandinavian history -- however, despite a fascinating topic, Ferguson's style is plodding and slow.
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