When We Dead Awaken Ibsen Henrik Rupert Hart-Davis 1960


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When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen

When We Dead Awaken, Ibsen’s last play, is the least known in England of all his mature works. It has long been out of print, and has only twice been professionally staged inn London; once in 1903 and once in 1938, both times inadequately. William Archer did not understand it, and thought it showed signs of senility, but he thought that about John Gabriel Borkman too. C.E. Montague also found it bewildering. “The play as a whole affected us like a large, complicated machine working in a dark room; one peered in here and there, and saw part of a wheel going round with apparent purpose, or a piece of belting that seemed to imply coherence in the whole apparatus, but the next moment it whirled on undistinguishably, and even the small clue was lost. “However”, he added, “likely enough, when we stupid awaken, we shall find the queer, tough play a bog thing, and even a clear one.” Newly translated from the Norwegian by Michael Meyer, and with a 9-page introduction by him. Information is also given about the play’s English stage history.


  • Publisher, Rupert Hart-Davis London; 1960
  • Navy Cloth Hardback, 72 pp
  • Size 189 x 111 mm, 300g

Condition: Very Good – No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy

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