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When We Dead Awaken
Henrik Ibsen

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WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN 

By Henrik Ibsen. 

Introduction and translation by William Archer. 

INTRODUCTION. 

From _Pillars of Society_ to _John Gabriel Borkman_, Ibsenís plays had
followed each other at regular intervals of two years, save when his
indignation over the abuse heaped upon _Ghosts_ reduced to a single
year the interval between that play and _An Enemy of the People_.
_John Gabriel Borkman_ having appeared in 1896, its successor was
expected in 1898; but Christmas came and brought no rumour of a new
play.  In a man now over seventy, this breach of a long-established
habit seemed ominous.  The new National Theatre in Christiania was
opened in September of the following year; and when I then met Ibsen
(for the last time) he told me that he was actually at work on a new
play, which he thought of calling a "Dramatic Epilogue." "He wrote

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