Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen


Born
in Skien, Norway
March 20, 1828

Died
May 23, 1906

Genre

Influences


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.

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 inquir
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More books by Henrik Ibsen…
“It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life”
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Polls

September 2016 Short Story Poll

 
  45 votes, 20.3%

Antigone by Sophocles, 80 pages, -441
 
  31 votes, 14.0%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  25 votes, 11.3%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  25 votes, 11.3%

 
  20 votes, 9.0%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  17 votes, 7.7%

Everyday Use by Alice Walker, 16 pages Title Story Only, 1974
 
  17 votes, 7.7%

Daisy Miller by Henry James, 126 pages, 1878
 
  16 votes, 7.2%

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain, 121 pages, 1916
 
  14 votes, 6.3%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages, 1903
 
  12 votes, 5.4%

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