Hedda Gabler & The Master Builder – Henrik Ibsen (1912)


Hedda Gabler & The Master Builder – Henrik Ibsen (1912)


Title: Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, & From Ibsen’s Workshop
Author: Henrik Ibsen, William Archer
Publisher: Willey Book Company, 1912.
Condition: Hardcover. Uncut pages. Sunning to spine. Some water marks to page corners and a few annotations in pencil.

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About Hedda Gabler (from Wikipedia):

Hedda Gabler, the daughter of an aristocratic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is George Tesman, a young, aspiring, and reliable (but not brilliant) academic who continued his research during their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but married him because she thinks her years of youthful abandon are over. It is also suggested that she may be pregnant.

The reappearance of Tesman’s academic rival, Eilert Lövborg, throws their lives into disarray. Lövborg, a writer, is also a recovered alcoholic who has wasted his talent until now. Thanks to a relationship with Hedda’s old schoolmate Thea Elvsted (who has left her husband for him), Lövborg shows signs of rehabilitation and has just completed a bestseller in the same field as Tesman. When Hedda and Eilert talk privately together, it becomes apparent that they are former lovers.

About The Master Builder (from Wikipedia):

Halvard Solness is the middle-aged Master Builder of a small town in Norway who has become a successful architect of some distinction and local reputation. One day while having a visit from his friend Doctor Herdal, Solness is visited by Hilde Wangel, a young woman of twenty-four from another town whom the doctor promptly recognizes from a recent trip. Soon after the Doctor leaves and Solness is alone with Hilde, she reminds him that they are not strangers and that they had previously met in her home town ten years ago when she was fourteen years of age. When Solness does not respond to her quickly enough she reminds him that at one point he had made advances upon her, offered a romantic interlude, and promised her “castles in the sky” during their encounter, which she believed. He denies this and she gradually convinces him, however, that she can assist him with his household duties and he takes her into his home.

About Ibsen (from Wikipedia):

Henrik Johan Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of realism” and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll’s House became the world’s most performed play by the early 20th century.