Introduction to A Doll â€™s House
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A Dollâ€™s Houseis probably the most famous and best-known of Ibsenâ€™s plays. As M.C. Bradbrook puts it, â€˜Ibsen for many years,
and to some people even today, means the author of A Dollâ€™s Houseâ€™.1
In fact, it was this play which made him known all over the world.2As William Archer rightly observes, â€˜it is with A Dollâ€™s House
that Ibsen enters upon his kingdom as a world-poet. He had done greater work in the past, and he was to do greater work in the future; but this was the play which was destined to carry his name beyond the limits of Scandinavia and even of Germany, to the remotest regions of civilisationâ€™.3 Its impact was immediate and cataclysmic. The play, as H. Koht tells us, â€˜was discussed with arguments and counter- arguments, in newspapers, in periodicals, in special booksâ€”in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany.