Rosmersholm. the Lady from the Sea
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... I will try to indicate the main points of difference between the sketch and the finished play. The scene of the action was originally conceived as a much smaller town than it ultimately became, shut in and overshadowed by high, abrupt rocks. (Note that when he wrote the sketch Ibsen had not yet visited Molde). There was to be an hotel and a sanatorium, and a good deal of summer gaiety in the place; but the people were to long, in an impotent, will-less fashion, for release from their imprisonment in the "shadow-life" of this remote corner of the world. Through the short summer, they were always to have the long winter impending over them; and this was to be a type of life: "A bright summer day with the great darkness after it--that is all." This motive, though traces of it remain, is much less emphasised than was at first intended. The characters were to fall into three groups: inhabitants of the town, summer visitors, and passing tourists. The tourists were simply to "come and go, and enter episodically into the action"; but the other two groups are more or less individualised. The first group is thus described: "The lawyer married, a second time, to the woman from the open sea out ' Published in Die raeue Rundschau, December, 1906. The Literary Remains contain, besides this sketch, a first draft of the play, somewhat fragmentary, yet covering nearly the whole ground, and showing that it underwent no essential remodelling in the course of revision. side. Has two young but grown-up daughters by his first marriage. Elegant, distinguished, bitter. His past tarnished-by an indiscretion. His career thereby cut short. The disreputable signboard-painter with the artist-dreams, happy in his imaginings....
- Paperback | 62 pages
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white