Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

Skien, Skien kommune, Telemark fylke, Norway
Death 23 May 1906 (aged 78)
Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
Burial Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
Memorial ID 2497 · View Source
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Playwright. Born in Skien, Norway, he was the eldest of the five children of Marichen Cornelia Martie Altenburg and Knud Ibsen. At 15, after his father's business failed, he was taken from school, and was apprenticed to an apothecary. In 1849, he wrote his first play, “Catilina.” The following year, he went to Christiania (present day Oslo), to study for university entrance examinations, instead, he was offered a job as a writer and manager for the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen, he would spend the next seven years there. After returning to Christiania in 1857, he was given management of another theatre and at the same time wrote “Love's Comedy” by 1862. That same year, he left Norway and settled in Italy where he wrote the tragedy “Brand.” In 1866, he followed with one of his most recognized plays, “Peer Gynt.” A move to Germany in 1868, saw the creation of “The Pillars of Society,” which was first performed in Munich. It was in Munich in 1879, that he wrote what is perhaps his most noted work, “A Doll's House.” He returned to Italy about this time and settled in Rome, where he wrote “Ghosts” in 1881. The subject matter horrified audiences of the day. He completed the last of his plays abroad, “Hedda Gabler,” in 1890. In 1891, he returned to Norway a internationally recognized playwright. Among his later plays were “The Master Builder” in 1892; “Little Eyolf “ in 1894; and “When We Dead Awaken” in 1899. In 1900 he suffered a series of strokes that left him bedridden and unable write. He died after several years as an invalid at age 78, and was given a state funeral by his government.

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