4 Scandi Trailblazers Who Changed the World
When Nora, heroine of Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, walks out on her husband, she slams the door as she goes. It was said that the sound of that slamming door echoed around the marital homes of Europe, resulting in some very worried husbands. Ibsen’s feminism, so strongly depicted in this play, was unfortunately not carried into his private life.
Henrik Ibsen, the ‘Father of Realism’, broke all the theatrical rules of his day and founded modern theatre. After Shakespeare, he is considered the second-most influential playwright of all time, and such plays as Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck and Hedda Gabler challenged audiences in Ibsen’s day and continue to do so today.
Thanks for your lecture series on the 4 English trailblazers, I have now caught up with all four of them. Even though I had a fair bit of prior knowledge of all except Florence Nightingale, I enjoyed your lectures very much, there were so many lovely pictures and unexpected sidelights that I was very well entertained. You really brought out how these four brilliant misfits made a difference to English culture!
I would have loved to have taken part in the actual lectures, but 5 pm on a weekday does not work for me, unfortunately, so I was pleased to be able to catch the lectures later. I look forward to further lectures in the future.
I absolutely love receiving your programs!
I just wanted to thank you for your March Trailblazers series.
Such interesting and diverse lives and the discovery of all those quirky facts gave a full picture of the personalities behind the famous personas.
As the ladies say, “It’s not easy”. What an understatement!
Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher on Florence. A great woman. Today we would no doubt diagnose her as having a mental illness. In my experience people who are so exceptional, such creative thinkers, so different from their peers as Florence was could be bi-polar. Her debilitating illnesses would have exacerbated this. So much of what I learned as a nurse came directly from her teachings.
All the stats we continually collected also came from her.
I really enjoyed this talk, Susannah. Today I used notes I took from this Trailblazers series to complete 3 hours of the 100 hours of Professional Learning I must do to be able to continue casual teaching!
I want to say how much I enjoy and appreciate, Susannah’s Trailblazer presentations.
Bravo Susannah! You revealed a phenomenal man to us. Photographic memory!
Thank you so much for a most enjoyable and informative talk last night on Dr Johnson.
Another great and inspiring talk. Can’t wait to go to the Library to see a copy.
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, Susannah! Brilliant as usual. You do such a marvelous job bringing your subjects to life.
Susannah is a masterful, engaging and passionate presenter who enriches our souls!
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