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An Enemy of the People (Penguin Plays)


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ISBN13: 9780140481402
ISBN10: 0140481400
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Dr. Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town which is about to establish itself as a spa. When his brother, the mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to the public meeting—only to be shouted down and reviled as 'an enemy of the people'. Ibsen's explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held prejudices of the 'solid majority'.

About the Author

Henrik Ibsen was born of well-to-do parents at Skien, a small Norwegian coastal town, on March 20, 1828. In 1836 his father went bankrupt, and the family was reduced to near poverty. At the age of fifteen, he was apprenticed to an apothecary in Grimstad. In 1850 Ibsen ventured to Christiania--present-day Oslo--as a student, with the hope of becoming a doctor. On the strength of his first two plays he was appointed "theater-poet" to the new Bergen National Theater, where he wrote five conventional romantic and historical dramas and absorbed the elements of his craft. In 1857 he was called to the directorship of the financially unsound Christiania Norwegian Theater, which failed in 1862. In 1864, exhausted and enraged by the frustration of his efforts toward a national drama and theater, he quit Norway for what became twenty-seven years of voluntary exile abroad. In Italy he wrote the volcanic Brand (1866), which made his reputation and secured him a poet's stipend from the government. Its companion piece, the phantasmagoric Peer Gynt, followed in 1867, then the immense double play, Emperor and Galilean (1873), expressing his philosophy of civilization. Meanwhile, having moved to Germany, Ibsen had been searching for a new style. With The Pillars of Society he found it; this became the first of twelve plays, appearing at two-year intervals, that confirmed his international standing as the foremost dramatist of his age. In 1900 Ibsen suffered the first of several strokes that incapacitated him. He died in Oslo on May 23, 1906.

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mastin.alex, March 11, 2015 (view all comments by mastin.alex)
Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is a somewhat dry read. If you're looking for major plot development and action, this is not for you. While Ibsen makes many good observations about society, it's not until Act III of this play that things actually start to get interesting. The majority of the play leads up to a climax, which in and of itself is not short, but when compared to the rest of the book, is somewhat lacking in the "wow" department. Though, this is not a bad play by any means. Anyone interested in political mayhem and sibling rivalry will likely enjoy this play. For the most part, this book reads fairly quickly. The language is simple and easy to follow, though there are various bits and pieces of useful information in Act I and II that could easily be missed. As a whole, this play keeps the readers attention fairly well. Hopefully you don't mind cliffhangers, though, as this play ends on a major cliffhanger.
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Miller, Arthur
Based on a Play:
Ibsen, Henrik Johan
Based on a Play by:
Ibsen, Henrik Johan
Based on a Play:
Ibsen, Henrik Johan
Miller, Arthur
Ibsen, Henrik
Adapted by:
Miller, Arthur
Miller, Arthur
Penguin Books
New York :
Continental european
Continental european drama (dramatic works by
European - Scandinavian
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Plays, Penguin
Series Volume:
Heft 4
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.72x5.05x.27 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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