Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Master Builder

Cover image for

Download


Author: Henrik Ibsen
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,141 / 101 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,271
mnybks.net#: 3839
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Drama

A curious pathological study, translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer.

Show Excerpt

motives.

After his return to Norway, Ibsen's correspondence became very scant, and we have no letters dating from the period when he was at work on The Master Builder. On the other hand, we possess a curious lyrical prelude to the play, which he put on paper on March 16, 1892. It is said to have been his habit, before setting to work on a play, to "crystallise in a poem the mood which then possessed him;" but the following is the only one of these keynote poems which has been published. I give it in the original language, with a literal translation:

DE SAD DER, DE TO--

De sad der, de to, i saa lunt et hus ved host og i venterdage, Saa braendte huset. Alt ligger i grus. De to faar i asken rage.

For nede id en er et smykke gemt,-- et smykke, som aldrig kan braende. Og leder de trofast, haender det nemt at det findes af ham eller hende.

Men finder de end, brandlidte to, det dyre, ildfaste smykke,-- aldrig han finder sin braendte

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

L.E. Fraser
Raised on military bases, L.E. Fraser's introduction to unique people and experiences fed a lifelong desire to write. Her books are full of thrills, interesting characters and unexpected twists. Skully, one of her Perdition Games books, is no exception. As our Author of the Day, Fraser tells us all about this book and how she follows her characters during the writing process in order to create interesting stories.
Read full interview...