Ibsen Plays : "Ghosts", "The Wild Duck", "The Master Builder" v.1 Paperback
by Henrik Ibsen
Illustrated by Michael Meyer
Part of the World Classics series
The plays in this volume range from the once shockingly realistic Ghosts (1881), 'the play that launched a thousand ships of critical fury'; through The Wild Duck (1884) with its innovatory symbolism and its touching portrait of a fourteen-year-old girl held in thrall by her feckless father ('Where,' asked George Bernard Shaw, 'shall I find an epithet magnificent enough for The Wild Duck?'); to The Master Builder (1892), showing the semi-autobiographical relationship between an ageing genius and a dynamic young woman.
Michael Meyer's translations are 'crisp and cobweb-free, purged of verbal Victoriana' (Kenneth Tynan)
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 25/09/1980
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780413463302
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Review by dylanwolf
The creator of modern drama Ibsen was also the last of the naturalists. His plays shocked contemporary audiences by challenging their values. Here are three stonkingly brilliant plays. Ghosts, whose subject is a congenitally inherited sexual disease; the sins of the father being visited upon his offspring. The Wild Duck, where a young girl makes a tragic and futile sacrifice of her own life under the baleful influence of a family friend. And The Master Builder where a mixture of arrogance and loss of confidence has a catastrophic effect. In Ibsen the required staging and lighting is as crucial as performance. He bows only to Shakespeare in his importance for dramatic arts.