Biography of Henrik Ibsen

In this semester, we study so many various poems, short stories by different authors. All of the authors have their own style of doing their work. They accomplished a lot by their work. Most of the authors have some special work for which they still recognized by people. Henrik Ibsen is one of them, whose work people still read and like it. Some of the work even inspires people to do certain action or believe in their concepts. The author’s biography is always studied by readers to know more about their life.

Henrik Ibsen is the world’s most frequently performed dramatist after William Shakespeare, and the founder of modern theater. He was a Norwegian poet, playwright, and essayist. He was born March 20,1828, in Skien, Norway. He died of complications resulting from a series of strokes, May 23, 1906, in Oslo, Norway. He left his school at age fifteen and worked for six years as a pharmacist’s assistant, then Ibsen went to Christiania hoping to continue his studies at Christiania University. He failed the Greek and mathematics examinations; however, it was not admitted.

During this time, he read and wrote poetry, which he would later say came more easily to him. His first play was Catiline, in 1850. Shortly after writing Catiline, Ibsen became assistant stage manager at the Norwegian Theater in Bergen. Ibsen first met Suzannah Thoresen in her family home in January 1855. They were married in June 1858. Ibsen’s twenty-two-year-old bride came from an extraordinary family. Ibsen’s beautiful proposal poem for Suzannah-with the final line “til mine tankers brud” (to the bride of my thoughts)-seems an indication of the quality of their relationship.

The night of their marriage, they left Bergen for Christiania by a steamship that brought them around the coast past the towns of Grimstad and Skien. Some of his famous works are The Burial Mound, Norma, The Feast at Solhaug, Ghosts, The wild duck, The lady from the sea and more. Ibsen’s another famous play “A Doll’s House” first performed in Copenhagen on 21 December 1879, was his most controversial play and with time has been recognized as both his most beloved and his most “dangerous” work.

The story treats the relationship of a seemingly loving married couple, Nora and Thorvald Helmer, who have three children. The family experiences events that lead to the breakup of the Helmer marriage and the departure of Nora, who famously slams the door as she leaves the home. Nora’s action caused shock waves throughout the world. In Conclusion, Henrik Ibsen was a worldwide known author. His work translated in many languages. Ibsen received many honors during his life and after, such as the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav.

He was a very famous playwright. After research about him, I can conclude that he had a good personality. Even though he passed away, but his works still make him alive in the modern world. Works Cited “Henrik Ibsen. ” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 14 May 2013. S? ther, Astrid. “Henrik Ibsen. ” Norwegian Writers, 1500 to 1900. Ed. Lanae H. Isaacson. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 354. Literature Resource Center. Web. 15 May 2013.