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Peer Gynt (The Collector's Library of Famous Editions), Ibsen, Henrik; Archer, William & Charles

Author    Ibsen, Henrik; Archer, William & Charles

Title   Peer Gynt (The Collector's Library of Famous Editions)

Binding   Full-Leather

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Publisher    The Easton Press, Norwalk 1985

Illustrator   Krohg, Per

Seller ID   2172593

Publisher's Notes from the Archives insert laid in. 1985 Full-Leather. xvii, [1], 314, [1], [xviii-xxiv] pp. Tall 8vo. Dark green full leather, gilt titles & decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Translated with an introduction and appendix by William & Charles Archer, woodcut illustrations by Per Krohg. Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Interpreted in its day as a satire on the Norwegian personality, Peer Gynt is the story of a life based on avoidance. A first edition of 1,250 copies was published on 14 November 1867 in Copenhagen. Despite having swiftly sold out, a re-print of 2,000 copies, which followed after 14 days, did not sell well and was not exhausted until 1874. While Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson admired the play's satire in Norwegian egotism, narrowness, and self-sufficiency and described it as magnificent, Hans Christian Andersen, Georg Brandes and Clemens Petersen all joined a widespread hostility. Enraged by Petersen's criticisms in particular, Ibsen defended his work by arguing that it is poetry; and if it isn't, it will become such. The conception of poetry in our country, in Norway, shall shape itself according to this book. Despite this defense of his poetic achievement in Peer Gynt, the play was his last to employ verse; from The League of Youth (1869) onwards, Ibsen was to write drama only in prose. - Wikipedia

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