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on 27 April 2017
How can you become tired of Ibsen? Forget those aweful "new interpretations" by some theatre director with a fraction of Ibsen's talent who thinks that he/she knows better than Ibsen what Ibsen intended to convey! It's not necessary to give the plight of women in the 19th century a new spin for the benefit of an audience which supposedly has a short attention span, presumably because the dierctor thinks they have been conditioned by a diet of plays that choose to tell their story on TV or film through a succession of 10 second close-ups, and unfinished sentences . Any audience can work out the parallels with today!
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on 9 January 2014
Four of Ibsen's greatest plays, taken from what is, in my opinion the best edition of Ibsen that we have had in our language, the Oxford Ibsen of James McFarlane et al. However, for this paperback reissue, some of the valuable appendices were removed. This is a shame but utterly justifiable. It does create a slight impression of incompetence, however, when, on p. 88, I read 'For an insight [...etc...] see his letters to a Copenhagen newspaper [...] (translated below, pp. 454–56)' and find that this book only has 355 pages.

Regardless, four masterpieces in elegant and idiomatic translations, which make for intense literary pleasure; and the plays can be enjoyed perfectly well without the extra letters, &c. However, Oxford University Press, if you are reading this, it is virtually impossible for a young Ibsen-enthusiast to get hold of the Oxford Ibsen (or any complete Ibsen in English, for that matter) nowadays; so, perhaps the time has come to reissue all of his plays—perhaps more cost-effectively, in paperback (with appendices, preferably).
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on 2 September 2017
This is a play I have always meant to read and it did not disappoint me.
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on 17 May 2017
A wonderful collection of much loved plays..something new to explore each time for the reader.
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on 26 January 2016
MASTERPIECES !!!
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on 14 April 2016
thank you
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on 3 November 2013
I bought this collection for my A-level wider reading. I have already read "A doll's house" and "Hedda Gabler" and really enjoyed them. I recommend this edition as it has lots of extra information about the playwright and the reception of the plays.
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on 21 January 2013
FOUR MAJOR PLAYS. An excellent collection of some of Ibsen's finest work. Well crafted, thought provoking examples that defy conventional stereotyping of women. Insightful, provocative and overall a highly recommended read.
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on 28 December 2017
Brilliant!
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on 9 November 2013
Good working edition. Reliable translation. Useful introduction Can be handled without falling to pieces during rehearsal! get the hardback for your library, these are MAJOR works of art,
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