Heiberg, Gunnar Edvard Rode

Heiberg, Gunnar Edvard Rode

(go͝on`är ĕd`värd rō`də hā`bârg), 1857–1929, Norwegian dramatist. His plays include Aunt Ulrikke (1883), The Balcony (1894, tr. 1922), and King Midas (1890), a satire on Bjørnson. The Tragedy of Love (1904), probably his best work, deals with love as an uncivilized passion.
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Heiberg, Gunnar Edvard Rode

 

Born Nov. 18, 1857, in Christiania (Oslo); died there Feb. 22, 1929. Norwegian playwright and critic.

In his social drama Aunt Ulrikke (1884), Heiberg attacked bourgeois morality, and in the drama The Big Win (1895) he portrayed a revolutionary corrupted by wealth. The drama The Tragedy of Love (1904), which is replete with obscure symbols, combines elements of naturalism and impressionism. Some of Heiberg’s critical essays are collected in Ibsen and Björnson on the Stage (1918) and Norwegian Theater (1920).

WORKS

Samlede dramatiske verker, vols. 1–4. Christiania, 1917–18.
Hugg og Stikk. Oslo, 1951.
In Russian translation:
Sobr. soch., vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1911.

REFERENCES

Bab, J. Das Drama der Liebe. Berlin, 1925.
Skavlan, E. Gunnar Heiberg. Oslo, 1950.
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