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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“It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life”
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Polls

February 2017 Short Story Poll

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, 78 pages, 1893
 
  76 votes, 29.9%

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, 30 pages, 1948
 
  66 votes, 26.0%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  48 votes, 18.9%

 
  20 votes, 7.9%

 
  14 votes, 5.5%

Barn Burning by William Faulkner, 47 pages, 1939
 
  14 votes, 5.5%

First Love by Ivan Turgenev, 124 pages, 1856
 
  12 votes, 4.7%

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, 39 pages, 1950
 
  4 votes, 1.6%

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