Henrik Ibsen is the author of "A Doll's House," a three-act play written in 1879. A Norwegian poet and playwright, Ibsen is known for his unusually strong female characters and stories with themes of marriage and debt.
Ibsen, who once wanted to be a doctor, was a very popular literary figure, being knighted by the King of Norway and Sweden in 1869. He died in 1906 at the age of 78.
"A Doll's House" follows Nora Helmer, a married mother of three, and her husband, Torvald, a successful banker. Years earlier, Nora had forged a signature for a loan that she was paying back over time, facts unknown to Torvald. An employee at the bank knows her secret and attempts to blackmail her, wanting job security in exchange. When Torvald discovers the secret, he is furious and cruelly criticizes her. Nora sees him for the condescending spouse he has always been and leaves him, despite his attempts to change her mind.