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Quintessence of Ibsenism (Version 2)

George Bernard Shaw

InThis is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in England. Shaw uses this "exposition of Ibsenism" to illustrate the imperfections of British society, using the idea of an imaginary "community of a thousand persons," divided into three categories: Philistines, Idealists, and the lone Realist. The main discussion revolves around Ibsen's recurring topic of the strong character holding out against social hypocrisy, while stating in his essay's final sentence that the quintessence of Ibsenism is that "there is no formula." ( Michele Eaton)

InThis is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in England. Shaw uses this "exposition of Ibsenism" to illustrate the imperfections of British society, using the idea of an imaginary "community of a thousand persons," divided into three categories: Philistines, Idealists, and the lone Realist. The main discussion revolves around Ibsen's recurring topic of the strong character holding out against social hypocrisy, while stating in his essay's final sentence that the quintessence of Ibsenism is that "there is no formula." ( Michele Eaton)
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InThis is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in England. Shaw uses this "exposition of Ibsenism" to illustrate the imperfections of British society, using the idea of an imaginary "community of a thousand persons," divided into three categories: Philistines, Idealists, and the lone Realist. The main discussion revolves around Ibsen's recurring topic of the strong character holding out against social hypocrisy, while stating in his essay's final sentence that the quintessence of Ibsenism is that "there is no formula." ( Michele Eaton)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:32