Academic journal article Ibsen News and Comment

In Memoriam: Philip E. Larson, 1941-2013

Academic journal article Ibsen News and Comment

In Memoriam: Philip E. Larson, 1941-2013

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Philip was a longstanding and devoted member of the ISA who contributed to Ibsen conferences in the United States and abroad and to INC. His passion was Ibsen's early years in Skien and Grimstad. He devoted many years of research to this subject, and in 1999, the Ibsen House and Grimstad Town Museum, in Grimstad, and the Telemark Museum, in Skien, published his book Ibsen in Skien and Grimstad: His Education, Reading, and Early Works. Philip made his book available free in a pdfversion on the internet, which also includes copies of many of his primary sources. In his review for INC, Tom Van Laan noted the book's considerable information on Ibsen's boyhood life in Skien-his education, his possibilities for theatre-going, his relation to the well-to-do Lovenskiold family, who possessed a fine library-and on his apprentice years in Grimstad. The website contains all thirty of the poems and the three essays Ibsen wrote in Grimstad, as well as a great deal of various material on both Skien and Grimstad, including passages on the history of Skien and a list of textbooks used in the local Latin school, as well as English translations of Danish and Norwegian plays that influenced Ibsen's early work, and a translation of Ibsen's friend Christopher Due's indispensable memoir of Ibsen in Grimstad. Van Laan writes that the book's bibliography, with its more than 300 items, is itself a "valuable resource" and summarizes: "Larson has brought together in the book and the website material that has otherwise been available only in a number of separate books and articles. …

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