Item description for Hedda Gabler (Classic Drama) by Henrik Ibsen...
Ibsen wrote Hedda Gabler in Munich in 1890, shortly before his return to Norway after twenty-seven years of self-imposed exile. The play was intended as a tragedy on the purposelessness of life and, in particular, that which was imposed on the women of his time, both by their upbringing and by the social conventions which limited their activities. When it was first produced, it met with misunderstanding and abuse. It has nevertheless become one of the most popular of Ibsen's plays.
"Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence in the poetic center of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field."---George Steiner, New Statesman
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is generally regarded as the father of modern theatre: "His influence on contemporaries and following generations, whether directly or indirectly ... can hardly be overestimated."---John Russell Taylor
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.35" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 962634265X ISBN13 9789626342657
Reviews - What do customers think about Hedda Gabler (Classic Drama)?
Excellent edition Nov 5, 2006
Hedda Gabler is one of the greatest plays in modern theatre. The introduction is a bit redundant in places, but it gives an excellent account of Henrik Ibsen's writing process and other literary interpretations of the play. The translation is never sloppy and it is entirely understandable to a native English-speaker.
A beautifully structured play of a misunderstood woman. Jun 11, 2006
This play is a very profound character study of a quite extra-ordinary woman. Hedda Gabler is an anti-heroine. She is a woman with strong ideals who has failed to find her way in the world. What an actress is required to play this complex part! I'm not sure who could handle the part right now, but I couldn't help but imagine Bette Davis in it. She would have been able to handle the complexity of this woman whose ideals for a perfect life were so unattainable, and who could not bear to live if those ideals couldn't be met. Hedda found that she couldn't manipulate everyone around her in order to achieve her goals either, so she put a bullet through her head because it all seemed so futile to her. This play is a definite characterization play, and so is different than a lot of Ibsen's other plays which were social-problem plays.
Excellent play ! Dec 22, 2005
How can this be described as a boring play?! Hedda shoots herself in the end, which is very dramatic. The play abounds in black comedy. It is a funny play too, as when Hedda insults Aunt JuJu (what a silly name!) by pretending that JuJu's hat is the maid's, and saying that the hat is old and ugly. Most simple-minded readers see Hedda as being callous and cruel, because on the surface Tesman and his family appear to be nice. However, they view Hedda as a possession, a beautiful aristocratic ornament lighting up their bourgeois home. Hedda throughout her life has been treated as a possession of others, as General Gabler's daughter. When Eilert tries to make a lover of her, she responds violently. When Tesman attempts to own her, she insults him and his family. When Judge Brack blackmails Hedda, and implies that the price of his silence is her sexual favours, Hedda can't stand it anymore, that she, because of her sex and position in society, must be the object of others. Hedda must also be seen as a sympathetic character. The world of "Hedda Gabler" is one of repression, where people act according to invisible codes (similar to "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton). Hedda wishes for a world that is free from these rigid and repressive laws, and what is wrong with that desire? To be in a world where one can be their true self is Hedda's deepest wish. Tesman, the seemingly nice man, hides his deep hatred and resentment of Eilert. Judge Brack hides his lustful and conniving nature under a veneer of civilised conduct. This world is detestable to Hedda, and yet even she is a prisoner of this society. She never expresses her affection for Eilert, a person of a similar temperament to Hedda's. She cannot show her jealously of Eilert and Thea in a healthy manner. Hedda's constant movement on the stage imply her desire to escape this world, and highlight how trapped she is. When Eilert kills himself in manner most undignified, Hedda realises that in this world there is nothing romantic and beautiful, but only something ugly and rotton at the core. This is more than she can bear, and the added insults of Judge Brack drive her to suicide. Even then, she is cheated of that dignity she wished for. The characters don't give way to passionate grief, but apply logic-this doesn't happen in real life they reason. So Hedda is misunderstood, and the tragedy in her death is unrealised. It was the society that turned Hedda into a mean yet sad woman, much as it affected the other characters in a negative way.
Book purchase 1 Aug 2, 2005
I gave this book to my son for required reading. It was in good condition. Thank you.
Ridiculous characters and plot. Aug 26, 2004
"Hedda Gabler" has to be one of the most boring plays I have ever read. If you're looking for action in a play, then stay away from this one. Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House" was mesmerizing and captivating, and this play is the exact opposite. There was no point to the plot and the ending served no purpose. Hedda was bored - that's the point; just shameful. I do not recommend.