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Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together a reading list just for our production, with plenty of titles to feed your interest before and after the show.

To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.

Ghosts
A Family Drama in Three Acts
by Ibsen, Henrik
Book - 1983

Written in Danish by the Norwegian Ibsen, Ghosts had its world premiere on May 20, 1882 in Chicago with Helga von Bluhme and an unknown cast of Danish and Norwegian amateur performers, just like IBSEN IN CHICAGO.

Sister Carrie
by Dreiser, Theodore
Book - 1994

Published in 1900, Dreiser's first novel depicted a Gilded Age society in which many Americans, like Carrie, abandoned rural life to join immigrants in cities such as Chicago to seek their fortune.

Kierkegaard
A Very Short Introduction
by Gardiner, Patrick L.
Book - 2002

Existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was a contemporary of Ibsen, who read Kierkegaard's "Either/Or" and "Fear and Trembling" and whose plays "Brand" and "Peer Gynt" show traces of his philosophy.

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Streaming Video - 2011
Watch a 128-minute streaming video of Ibsen's controversial play.
Click here to stream this video at Access Video

Complete symphonic works
Vol. I
by Grieg, Edvard
Music CD - 2011

Ibsen asked Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg to compose incidental music for his play "Peer Gynt." Grieg later expanded his work to produce "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1," op. 46 and "Peer Gynt Suite No. 2," op. 55, both included on this CD.

The Henrik Ibsen Collection
DVD - 2007

This collection of ten BBC adaptions of Ibsen's works of Ibsen includes "Ghosts" with Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Gambon, Ingrid Bergman as "Hedda Gabler" and Juliet Stevenson in "A Doll's House."

Ibsen
Hedda Gabler
Streaming Video - 2009

This streaming video of "Hedda Gabler" captures Diana Rigg's performance in the title role. Click here to stream this video at Access Video

Four Major Plays
by Ibsen, Henrik
Book - 2008

This collection includes "A Doll's House" (1879), "Ghosts" (1881), "Hedda Gabler" (1891) and "The Master Builder" (1892), reproduced from the Oxford editions of Ibsen's plays.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Shakespeare, William
Book - 2009

Much like IBSEN IN CHICAGO, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" features a play within a play. Act III, Scene I introduces the "rude mechanicals" rehearsing a play, and Act V is the performance. Folger Shakespeare Library edition.

The Jungle
by Sinclair, Upton
Book - 2006

Sinclair wrote this 1906 novel to expose the horrors of the meat packing industry and the exploitation of working-class immigrants in Chicago. As he famously wrote, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.

The Theory of the Leisure Class
by Veblen, Thorstein
Book - 2009

Norwegian-American economist Veblen taught at the University of Chicago and published "The Theory of the Leisure Class" in 1899 which introduced the term "conspicuous consumption" and a scathing critique of consumer society.

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
DVD -

See Kevin Kline give a hilarious performance as Bottom, one of the "rude mechanicals" who participates in the play-within-a-play and is transformed into an ass by Puck, in this 1999 film adaptation.