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About Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

HENRIK IBSEN was born in Skien, Norway, in 1828, the eldest of 5 five children of merchant Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg. His family's fortunes collapsed in the mid 1830s and the Ibsens were thrown into poverty. Aged 15 Ibsen  left home to train as an apothecary and published his first poems in 1849. His first play, Catiline, was published in 1850 under the pseudonym Brynjolf Bjarme. Ibsen moved to Bergen in 1851 to take up a position as a resident dramatist and director at the Det norske Theater. Here he met Suzannah Daae Thoresen whom he later married and with whom he fathered his son Sigurd. In 1864 Ibsen left Norway and settled in Rome. He would not return until 1891, the year after Hedda Gabler appeared. Thus most of his famous works Brand, Peer Gynt, Ghosts and An Enemy of the People where written in self-imposed exile. With A Doll's House (1879) Ibsen became a household name, and saw Ibsen adopting a strong political stance for women's rights. His later plays from Hedda Gabler onwards focus more on psychological rather than social themes with the main characters all reflecting aspects of Ibsen's own personality. Ibsen died in Norway in 1906. He is now the second most performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare. For more information about Ibsen's life and work visit

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