The foremost dramatist of his age, Henrik Ibsen was perhaps the greatest Nordic playwright ever. His plays, four of which are collected here, delve into the nature of man. Each of the pieces centers upon personal awakening and inner transformation through confrontations with family guilt, social hypocrisy, conventional sexual morality, and the materialistic bourgeois ethic. All are charged with Ibsen's dramatic sense of dynamic human relationships; all reflect his fascination with the frontiers of human development. Today these plays speak with extraordinary relevance to an age searching for new modes of thought and new states of consciousness with which to discover and to change the world. As Rolf Fjelde writes, "Full, multidimensional life -of the mind, of the emotions, of the eros of the flesh and the evolution of the spirit -pulses still in the lines of his dramas, waiting always for new artists to seize it, liberate it, and make it their own."