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John Gabriel Borkman (Fjelde, trans.) - Full Length Play

John Gabriel Borkman (Fjelde, trans.)

Henrik Ibsen, Rolf Fjelde

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Full Length Play

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780451528032

Translated by Rolf Fjelde
Fjelde's translation of Ibsen's late-career classic.

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: Ibsen: 4 Major Plays V. II (trans. Fjelde)

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Full Length Play

The Borkman family fortunes have been brought low by the imprisonment of John Gabriel who used his position as a bank manager to illegally speculate with his investors' money. The action of the play takes place eight years after Borkman's release when John Gabriel Borkman, Mrs. Borkman, and her twin sister Ella Rentheim battle over the future of young Erhart Borkman. Though John Gabriel Borkman continues the line of naturalism and social commentary that marks Ibsen's middle period, the final act suggests a new phase for the playwright.


3m, 5f

Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

At age 23, Henrik Ibsen (born March 20, 1828, Skien, Nor.died May 23, 1906, Kristiania) became theatre director and resident playwright of the new National Theatre at Bergen, charged with creating a national drama. He directed the Norwegian Theatre in Kristiana from 1857 to 1863, when the theatre went bankrupt. He then set off on extended travels in Europe, beginning a self-imposed exile that ... view full profile

Rolf Fjelde

Rolf Fjelde (1926-2002) was one of the formeost translators of Henrik Ibsen's plays into English, whose translations were heralded by Harold Clurman as ''the truest to the original and unexcelled for theatrical performance.'' Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Fjelde worked also a poet, playwright, and teacher. He earned degrees from Yale and Columbia Universities, was a founding editor of The Yale Poetry ... view full profile

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