Henrik Ibsen's List of Works

Portrait of Henrik Ibsen
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Henrik Ibsen is one of the most famous and controversial writers in world literature. Born in Norway in 1828, his plays would make him a household name. Ibsen is a founder of the Modernist theater movement. His plays broke new ground and earned him the nickname "the father of realism," a style of theater that focused on domestic interactions. The goal of realism was to create theater that resembled real life and had dialogue that sounded more natural. Ibsen is best known for the play A Doll's House, which deals with the limitations and harsh expectations of women at the time.

Henrik Ibsen List of Works

  • 1850 - Catiline (Catilina)
  • 1850 - The Burial Mound also known as The Warrior's Barrow (Kjæmpehøjen)
  • 1851 - Norma (Norma)
  • 1852 - St. John's Eve (Sancthansnatten)
  • 1854 - Lady Inger of Oestraat (Fru Inger til Østeraad)
  • 1855 - The Feast at Solhaug (Gildet paa Solhoug)
  • 1856 - Olaf Liljekrans (Olaf Liljekrans)
  • 1857 - The Vikings at Helgeland (Hærmændene paa Helgeland)
  • 1862 - Digte - only released collection of poetry
  • 1862 - Love's Comedy (Kjærlighedens Komedie)
  • 1863 - The Pretenders (Kongs-Emnerne)
  • 1866 - Brand (Brand)
  • 1867 - Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt)
  • 1869 - The League of Youth (De unges Forbund)
  • 1873 - Emperor and Galilean (Kejser og Galilæer)
  • 1877 - Pillars of Society (Samfundets Støtter)
  • 1879 - A Doll's House (Et Dukkehjem)
  • 1881 - Ghosts (Gengangere)
  • 1882 - An Enemy of the People (En Folkefiende)
  • 1884 - The Wild Duck (Vildanden)
  • 1886 - Rosmersholm (Rosmersholm)
  • 1888 - The Lady from the Sea (Fruen fra Havet)
  • 1890 - Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler)
  • 1892 - The Master Builder (Bygmester Solness)
  • 1896 - John Gabriel Borkman (John Gabriel Borkman)
  • 1899 - When We Dead Awaken (Når vi døde vaagner)

Inspiration for A Doll's House

Ibsen's most famous work, which is often considered an early feminist masterpiece, was based on the life of Laura Kieler, a friend of the authors. Kieler had a rocky relationship with her husband. She asked Isben to help her find a publisher for her work, but the author refused. Kieler needed money to pay for her husband's medical bills. With no way to earn money, she decided to forge a loan. Her husband divorced her and had her committed to an asylum upon learning of her crime. Ibsen was deeply disturbed by what had happened and his role in it. Ibsen felt inspired to write A Doll's House, much of the protagonist's plight is taken from Kieler's ordeal. She served two years in the asylum before returning to her ex-husband and children. She would go on to become a successful Norwegian author but, to her dismay, was forever linked to Ibsen's play.