A Doll's House

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A Doll's House (1879)
by Henrik Ibsen, translated by R. Farquharson Sharp

A Doll House (literally translated A Doll's home from the original Norwegian title Et dukkehjem) is an 1879 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

A Doll House, written two years after The Pillars of Society, was the first of Ibsen's plays to create a sensation and is now perhaps his most famous play, and required reading in many secondary schools and universities. The play was highly controversial when first published, as it is sharply critical of 19th Century marriage norms. It follows the formula of well-made play up until the final act, when it breaks convention by ending with a discussion, not an unraveling. It is often called the first true feminist play, although Ibsen denied this.

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Dramatis Personae

  • Torvald Helmer
  • Nora, his wife
  • Doctor Rank
  • Mrs Linde
  • Nils Krogstad
  • Helmer's three young children
  • Anne, their nurse
  • A Housemaid
  • A Porter

The action takes place in Helmer's house.

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This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1929.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1945, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 78 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

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