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Hedda Gabler

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Author: Henrik Ibsen
Published: 1890
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,314 / 104 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64
LoC Category: PT
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 4,118
mnybks.net#: 3836
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Drama, Audiobook

Translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer.

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his new book to a man like Tesman, whom he despises. But though Tesman is a ninny, he is, as Hedda says, a "specialist"--he is a competent, plodding student of his subject. Lovborg may quite naturally wish to see how his new method, or his excursion into a new field, strikes the average scholar of the Tesman type. He is, in fact, "trying it on the dog"--neither an unreasonable nor an unusual proceeding. There is, no doubt, a certain improbability in the way in which Lovborg is represented as carrying his manuscript around, and especially in Mrs. Elvsted's production of his rough draft from her pocket; but these are mechanical trifles, on which only a niggling criticism would dream of laying stress.

Of all Ibsen's works, Hedda Gabler is the most detached, the most objective--a character-study pure and simple. It is impossible--or so it seems to me--to extract any sort of general idea from it. One cannot even call it a satire, unless one is prepared to apply that term to the record of a "case" i

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