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The Wild Duck
by Henrik Ibsen
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Edited and translated by Kai Jurgensen and Robert Schenkkan, this edition of The Wild Duck for performance and study has been translated for an American audience and features a sixteen-page introduction by John Simon, a list of principal dates in the life of Ibsen, and a selected bibliography.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Drama in five acts by Henrik Ibsen, published in 1884 as Vildanden and produced the following year. In the play, an idealistic outsider's gratuitous truth-telling destroys a family. Gregers Werle, who has a compulsion to tell the truth at all costs, reveals to the Ekdal family certain unasked-for information about each family member's past. The knowledge destroys their illusions and their family life. As the final destructive act Hedvig, the Ekdals' adolescent daughter, kills herself after Werle informs the family that she may be the illegitimate daughter of a man other than her beloved father.
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