Henrik Ibsen: Et dukkehjem [A Doll's House]

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  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (University of Calcutta)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.3.5: Norwegian Writing and Culture.

Henrik Ibsen was well aware of the tragedy in the life of a fellow-Norwegian writer, Laura Smith Petersen, who had written a sequel to his play Brand (Brand’s Daugthers, 1868) and visited him in the summer of 1871. She then married a Danish schoolmaster, Victor Kieler, who contracted tuberculosis and she had had not only been compelled to borrow a large sum of money to take him to Italy but, having failed to repay the debt, had resorted to forging a cheque. When this was discovered, her husband told her she was not fit to be in charge of their children. She suffered a nervous breakdown; her husband had her committed to a mental asylum and sought legal separation and control of their children (Meyer 2: 250-2). Ibsen …

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Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "Et dukkehjem". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2011
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