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The Lady from the Sea - A Drama in Five Acts

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Originally published in 1890, this early drama has been translated from Norwegian by Clara Bell. The action takes place in the summer season, at a small town on a fiord on the north coast of Norway. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic work...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published May 27th 2009 by Vintage Dog Books (first published 1888)
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Cos'è la libertà? Ibsen: la possibilità di sentire sulla propria pelle il peso delle proprie scelte.
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Adrian Colesberry
I went on a tear on 2007 and read all of Henrik Ibsen and all of August Strindberg. Before I could get to all of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, I had to turn back to writing, and I can't read while I write. Ibsen is wonderful. The thing I like most about Ibsen is that he loves and respects women at least in his writing. Not all of his plays are tragedies either. Many are very funny and many have mixed endings, not all are downers.
Though I'm not a big fan of Peer Gynt. Strindberg's parody of Peer Gyn...more
Available at BBC Radio 3.

A new version of Ibsen's late drama, adapted for radio by Frank McGuinness.
Before her marriage to Dr Wangel, Ellida, his second wife, had promised herself to a sailor who then disappeared. Years later, Ellida's family life is strained. Her relations with her step-daughters is poor; she has no child of her own. She seems unhappy with her life. Then the sailor reappears to make his claim on her promise. Faced with the decision of what to do, she persuades her husband that...more
With The Lady from the Sea, we see two unusual marriages, both in the story and in the content of the play. In the story, there is the struggling marriage of Dr Wangel and Ellida, the two protagonists, set against an informal marriage she made with a stranger. There is also a rare moment in Ibsen where the characters find a marriage between duty/responsibility and happiness.

In content, there is a marriage of styles too. After writing a number of realistic prose plays, Ibsen seems to be once mor...more
The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen

In Le Goût des autres the hero is Castella. This Is an exceptional comedy, where on one side we have actors, who know about Ibsen and on the other- Castella who thinks Ibsen is an author of comedies with (perhaps) The Three Stooges.
Unfortunately, I am more in the same vein with Castella when it comes to Ibsen.
Castella is the butt of jokes, one involving his total ignorance of the playwright. I know about Ibsen, but I am tone death to the majesty, the beauty o...more
"Херцогинята не обичаше да съжалява за нищо и често повтаряше думите на съпруга си, покойният граф: Каква безочливост спрямо себе - да предположа, че сега съм по-умен, отколкото тогава, когато съм взел решение" - да ме прощава Стендал, че го цитирам толкова дървено и неточно, но тази реплика винаги ми идва на място, когато чета нещо, до което от отдавна съм се домогвала, така да се каже. Вкусовете и мненията ми за вече прочетени книги и автори твърде малко се променят през годините. Само донякъд...more
یک نمایش نامه ی ساده و خوش ساخت و نه چندان مشهور ایبسن که پایانی نسبتن خوش و کاملن متفاوت با آثار دیگرش دارد.
این نمایش نامه تا آنجا که اطلاع دارم به فارسی برگردانده نشده است.

آثار نمایشی هنریک ایبسن مانند زندگی اش پر از فراز و نشیب اند. برخی منتقدان او را به راستی ستوده اند و برخی هرگز آثارش را نپسندیدند. ایبسن به معنایی که دکتر امیر حسین آریانپور در کتاب "ایبسن آشوب گرای" نوشته، چه در زندگی و چه در آثارش یک آنارشیست جلوه می کند. با وجودی که گفته اند از شکسپیر به این سو دوران تراژدی بسر آمده، برخ...more
Everett Darling
Regarding Ibsen, Maugham said it best. Although the quote is lost to me now, it goes something like this- So Ibsen spent a really long time writing plays, he was always wracked for plot ideas, until at last would fall back on the same plot he had used time and time before-some people are together, one has a secret, someone from the past comes down from the north, secret is exposed...doom and depression. I do actually adore Ibsen, but I can´t refute Maugham´s shrewd assesment. As an Ibsen fan, th...more

Fresh from studying "A Doll's House" in Literature, so I thought I would read some of Ibsen's other works. I quite enjoyed this very much. Some very interesting humanist themes and I really liked the characters. This wasn't as intense as "A Doll's House" but I do prefer it for that reason. I did see some similarities, for example, the whole idea of doing things or making decisions at your own free will, the internal and emotional conflict which arises from being shackled by obligations and e...more
Mike Jensen
The plot depends too much on coincidence to be satisfying and the subplot almost seems to come from nowhere. These flaws stall this play as it reaches for greatness, but it does reach and full credit for that. This is Ibsen’s first psychological story, but he has yet to master the form. The central conflict of a woman who needs her husband to let her go so that she can chose to leave him or keep him has a profound truth that the author will handle better in the future. Not a great play, but ther...more
Dec 29, 2007 Elise rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theater geeks
This play was actually part of a set of four, and I thought it was a pretty interesting representation of Ibsen. I had only read A Doll's House before, and this one included Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, and Enemy of the People. I really liked two out of the four, and this play was not one of them. I got bored bored bored with Ellida's struggle to decide whether or not she wanted to stay with her husband or go with her old sailor boyfriend, tedious, although I did find the youngest daughter, Hil...more
Wangel: Your thoughts went elsewhere. And now—now you are completely free of me and mine—and—and mine. Now your own true life may resume its real bent again, for now you can choose in freedom, and on your own responsibility, Ellida.

Ellida (clasps her head with her hands, and stares at WANGEL): In freedom, and on my own responsibility! Responsibility, too? That changes everything.

I sincerely hate Ibsen's female characters.

It was a rich play . I like ELLIDA'S character the best . how she talked about her marriage, the sea and her life

ELLIDA: I do , I do . I've come to love him with all my heart. That's why this is so terrible – so inexplicable utterly unthinkable "

ELLIDA … " it haunts us like a secret sorrow "

The Lady from the Sea is probably the most spellbinding of all the plays by Ibsen, highly philospohical. One dialogue from this play virtually changed my life, The Lady from the Sea tells her husband, "You cannot monopolize my life."
We heard this in a staged reading at OSF. I was interested in it because the ending is unlike endings of the 3 other of his plays I've read. I'm not sure that I love this play, but there are some great characters.
Varsha Seshan
There are parts that I found stilted, but overall, I loved the pace and simplicity. Even though the theme of free will and the ability to make a choice is a common one, I liked the way this play dealt with it.
The third in a collection of Ibsen plays, the prior thematic elements of a womens place in society and the budding of the feminist movement seen in A Dolls House are re-examined with a different ending.
Finally one of Henrik Ibsen's later plays that has a happy ending! After a lot of suicides and tragedy, it was so nice to see that everything worked out in the end for Ellida and Doctor Wangel.
Angela Alcorn
We own an omnibus of Ibsen's plays: A Doll's House and Other Plays
The basic thrust of the play is that women need to be free to choose the course of their lives. Probably controversial 100 years ago, but a snoozer now (that's a good thing).
the prior thematic elements of a womens place in society and the feminist movement..... this play is all about...but not better than The Doll's House.
Dana Miranda
the symbolism reads nicely, but i find Ibsen a little preachy and didactic for taste and coupled with the shallow characters it reads as trademark Ibsen.
محمد عبادة
Ibsen as great as usual .. He decides to overthrow the agreed upon human hierarchy and give the woman her chance to lead and choose .. Worth re-reading!
Chanel Earl
Mar 09, 2012 Chanel Earl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chanel by: Mary
I liked this play very much, but there were a few awkward moments and contrived conversations. The ending was excellent and unexpected.
Captivating and fantastic. There are not enough words to describe this play, and how utterly beguiling and sensational it is...
An Ibsen play with a happyish ending is a surprise and doesn't quite ring true with the torment and passion preceding it.
Beautiful enigmatic meditation on the nature of woman and the mystery that is femaleness. It's like a symbolic Doll's House. yeah
I didn't like this as much as A Doll's House. Unfortunately Ellida got too much on my nerves while Nora didn't.
Deep and typically Ibsen play that makes one think of making choices in life and the wonderful scenary of Norway.
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Henrik 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.

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