This book, first published in 1950, could best be described as a combination of literary, psychological and social criticism. Considerable space is allotted to the personal inner drama of Ibsen, which provides not only a clue to his art but shows how most of his themes inevitably grew out of the other. The author also explores some of those factors which make Ibsen of interest to the generation that were facing the social and spiritual havoc of the post-war period. This book will be of interest to students of literature and theatre.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory 2. Some Aspects of Ibsen’s Art 3. A Romantic Rebel 4. A Moral Superman 5. The ‘Gyntish Self’ 6. The Paradox of Will 7. Ibsen the Realist 8. ‘Mankind has Failed’ 9. The Turning-Point 10. The ‘Insecurity of Conscience’ 11. The Law of Adjustment 12. The Master-Builder’s Downfall 13. Empty Heights 14. The ‘Danse Macabre’; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index