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An Enemy of the People

Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Christopher Hampton

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, and translated by Christopher Hampton, is an explosive play revealing Ibsen’s distrust of politicians and the blindly held beliefs of the masses.

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Paperback
ISBN
9780571194292
Date Published
22.09.1997
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Summary

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

Dr Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town which is about to establish itself as a spa. When his brother conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to a public meeting – only to be shouted down and reviled as ‘an enemy of the people’. Ibsen’s explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held beliefs of the masses.

Christopher Hampton’s version of Ibsen’s classic was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1997.

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Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian poet and playwright, was one of the shapers of modern theatre, who tempered naturalism with an understanding of social responsibility and individual psychology. His earliest major plays, Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867), were large-scale verse dramas, but with Pillars of the Community (1877) he began to explore contemporary issues. There followed A Doll’s House (1879),…

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