Monday, May 4, 2009

Henrik Ibsen

  • Born in Skein, Norway

  • Lived his early life in poverty, stung by social rejection.

  • Hired as a playwright by the National Theater in Bergen.

  • Left Norway in 1862, starting a 27-year self-imposed exile. During this time he wrote his finest plays.

  • "A literary pioneer who created the modern, realistic prose drama.”

  • The bold, social commentary in his plays often earned him criticism.

  • “A Doll’s House (1879) aroused controversy because it portrayed a woman whose actions were not considered acceptable at the time.”

  • Ibsen was a revolutionary playwright who provided detailed stage directions that precisely described sets, lighting, props and how actors should interpret their lines.

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