Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen — Performed for the first time in 1891, Hedda Gabler is one of Henrik Ibsens greatest dramas. It is the story of its title character, Hedda, a self-centered and manipulative woman who has grown bored of her new marriage to the kind and reliable George. Hedda was born to a life of luxury and privilege and marries a man she does not love to avoid becoming a spinster. After returning from her honeymoon, Hedda discovers that her marriage will not be the life of wealth and excitement she was accustomed to and that George will never be the ambitious and successful man she wishes him to be. To escape her boredom, she begins to meddle in the lives of Georges academic rival, Eilert, who is Heddas former paramour, and Eilerts unsuspecting wife, Thea. Hedda fears that Eilert and his professional success may stand in the way of Georges future in academia and Hedda takes it upon herself to sabotage her husbands rival, leading to truly tragic consequences for everyone involved. Marked by one of the most dramatic female roles in all of theater, Hedda Gabler stands as an enduring masterpiece by Norways most famous playwright, Henrik Ibsen. This edition includes a biographical afterword, follows the translation of Edmund Gosse and William Archer, with an introduction by William Archer.
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