Introduction to A Doll ’s House
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A Doll’s Houseis probably the most famous and best-known of Ibsen’s plays. As M.C. Bradbrook puts it, ‘Ibsen for many years,
and to some people even today, means the author of A Doll’s House’.1
In fact, it was this play which made him known all over the world.2As William Archer rightly observes, ‘it is with A Doll’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 civilisation’.3 Its impact was immediate and cataclysmic. The play, as H. Koht tells us, ‘was discussed with arguments and counter- arguments, in newspapers, in periodicals, in special books—in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany.