A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll's House is a three-act play by Henrik Ibsen, that premiered in 1879. Set in a Norwegian town, it tells the story of Nora Helmer and her husband Torvald. Amidst secrets and lies, and threats to reputation, Nora comes to see her husband for what he really is, and their marriage as something she no longer wants a part of. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms, and although it comes across as a feminist play, Ibsen denies that that was his intent. The play is based on the life of a friend of Ibsen's - Laura Kieler, whose married life had similarities of those of Nora and Torvald. Laura had signed an illegal loan to find a cure for her husband's illness. When he found out, he had her committed to an insane asylum. It was at this point that Ibsen, shaken by what had happened to his friend, wrote A Doll's House. For her part, Laura went on to become a well known author.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 26,800 words, 58 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1879. This translation by R. Farquharson Sharp, was first published in 1923.

Production notes: This ebook of A Doll’s House was published by Global Grey on the 14th March 2021, and updated on the 17th April 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Dolls’ House of Petronella Oortman' by Jacob Appel.

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