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Henrik Ibsen
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2 Jan. 2000 Dover Thrift Editions
One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen's genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women's rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house." Publisher's Note. Contents. Dramatis Personae.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486270629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486270623
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe it's Nicholas Rudall's new translation. Maybe it's a matter of the gods. I couldn't put [A Doll's House] down. It's tight, and terse-reads like a fine short novel. -- Lolita Lark The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good study guide. 20 Jan. 2011
Granted, this book does not contain the full scripted play; however, I only needed basic information on it for my English Lit A2 'reading for meaning' exam. The book included: themes and relevant quotes, Acts and analysis, and pertinent quotes, character analysis, information on the Ibsen and information about historical context. If you're studying the play in isolation, you would definitely need to buy another book that actually contains the full script. If you want to get an overview, this is the book for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful study aid 23 Jun. 2010
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Like many of York Notes Advanced's titles, this provides an insightful and useful accompaniment to the study of Ibsen's play.

Clearly explained contextual information helps to shape a modern reader's understanding of why the play was so shocking.
In-depth character analysis demonstrates the importance of each character in the play, how they each change throughout, and how our perceptions are altered as events unfold.
Plot synopsis gives a chunk-by-chunk analysis of the play, and points out important quotes, themes, symbols, etc.
Language and style analysis provides a thoroughly academic introduction to the novel.

Thoroughly recommended for those studying the play or simply with an interest in Ibsen's work.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a part of my A level studies I have concentrated on this text. I have found it most interesting and insightful if a little hard to comprehend at first. This edition is very good for the price but is by no means upto the standard of other texts which boast analysis and also the alternative ending. I have yet to find a good sudy guide to this text so it is perhaps worth investing in a more facilitative original text if your intention is for study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great play at a very reasonable price 22 July 2010
By Melmoth
So, the Dover Thrift Edition of Ibsen's a Doll's House. Is it durable? No - one touch of the paper suggests it's the sort that will yellow and fray in a matter of months rather than years. Is the translation up-to-date? Again, no. If my googling is right, it's nearly 70 years old and, while it may be truer to Ibsen's 1879 original than a more modern version, there are some phrases which could certainly do with a tweak (things like 'I will brush my muff' can bring out the Finbarr Saunders in even the most diligent of readers). Are there extensive notes, prefaces and all the other paraphernalia one might expect in a modern edition of a well-respected work? Nope, just a two-paragraph note and a list of characters.

On the other hand, what this is is a remarkably affordable edition of an extraordinarily powerful and important play, a play that portrayed the powerlessness of women in Victorian society for the first time and shocked the theatregoers of its time. To be able to lug a copy around for less than a peek at a paywalled edition of The Times is an unmissable opportunity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Doll's House" Revision Notes 20 Jan. 2011
Product was brand new and was of great help! Could not have passed my A-Level Language and Literature without it. Gives detailed notes on the book and focuses on key concepts and ideas, great for understanding and analysing the play.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 17 July 2010
I must admit that this is the first Ibsen play I have ever read. At the price this was something that I couldn't ignore, however if you are studying it for university you may want a different edition with notes and an in depth analysis. If like me you just read plays for your own enjoyment then this is more than adequate.

Ibsen is recognised rightly so as one of the greatest playwrights ever and this is probably his most famous play these days. As you start to read this you get an image of an ideal family setting, but as things progress you find that this is not so. Under the surface Nora has been borrowing money behind her husband's back to pay for him to have a vacation whilst he is ill. Now he is better and is going to start a new job in the following year, but he is unaware of Nora's actions. As things proceed inevitably Nora's borrowing comes out. Nowadays we look at this as something that happens or things similar all the time, and no one bats an eyelid, however at the time this was first performed, 1879, things were different. Victorian standards ruled throughout Europe, and women were supposed to be meek and mild, and not be able to do such things, indeed this caused a sensation at the time and was considered highly controversial. Indeed in Germany an alternative ending was made for this play so as not to cause upset.

Ibsen is considered to be the father of modern drama, and this is probably one of the first feminist plays. Despite its age it is still powerful and due to its naturalism it reads like a script for an episode of a soap opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for you Nora 8 April 2010
By D. Day
I bought this book as it on my set reading list for uni next year and it is the first one I have read out of them. I very much enjoyed it. The stifling environment of the one room of the house we are shown symbolises Nora's marriage to Torvald. Christine shows Nora how a woman can live for herself and find true love, even if this is not until the very end. Everyone escapes Torvald with his patronising air and tendency to use people for his own gains, and leave him alone, in his doll's house, forever waiting for the "most wonderful thing".
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