A Doll’s House

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen

A Doll’s House is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. Ibsen was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess…

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An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People

Henrik Ibsen

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’…

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Faust

Faust

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The story of Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles. Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. This edition includes Part I and Part II of this epic play.

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Proserpine and Midas

Proserpine and Midas

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Proserpine is based on Ovid’s tale of the abduction of Proserpine by Pluto, which itself was based on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone. Mary Shelley’s version focuses on the female characters. In a largely feminist retelling from Ceres’s point of view, Shelley emphasises the separation of mother and daughter and the strength offered…

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The Seagull

The Seagull

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Seagull is a play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina…

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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Uncle Vanya was first published in 1897 and received its Moscow première in 1899 in a production by the Moscow Art Theatre. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor’s late…

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When We Dead Awaken

When We Dead Awaken

Henrik Ibsen

Ibsen’s last play and his most confessional work, it is an examination of the problem that had obsessed him throughout his career: the struggle between art and life. Arnold Rubek, a famous sculptor, is vacationing at a mountain resort. There he meets Irene von Satow, a former model of his, whose love he had rejected years ago because of…

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