Thursday, November 18, 2004

Ibsen in the NY Times

This article from 1889 describes the reaction to Ibsen's A Doll's House as it was playing in London. It is described as shocking, depressing, and pessimistic. The writer claims that, "It denies everything the good people of this world believe," although he does recognize it as eloquent, powerful, and revolutionary.

Another article from 1889 looks at a German staging of the play. It describes Mrs. Linde as a dea ex machina. The author claims that the play is not suited for the U.S. because, "the reform which it advocates has hardly sufficient material to work upon in the United States. It is true that very often women in this country are treated like puppets, but it is their own fault."


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