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Henrik Ibsen
(1828 - 1906)

"No poet lives through anything in isolation. What he lives through all of his countrymen live through with him. If that were not so, what would bridge the gap between the producing and the receiving minds?"

The Task of the Poet
(1874)

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Arthur Miller
(1915 - 2005)

"My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone."

Collected Plays, Section 2, Introduction
(1958)

Welcome to the website of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College's Book-of-the-Semester Project. Buckle your seatbelts as you embark on an exciting adventure inviting you to read and explore the meaning of two plays: Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Fall Semester) and Arthur Miller's All My Sons (Spring Semester).

Both Ibsen and Miller are internationally-acclaimed playwrights. Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, whose most celebrated plays include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and All My Sons, regarded the distinguished Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, as the master of all playwrights. Ibsen, who was not given the recognition he deserved during his lifetime, but who has since become known as the "father of modern drama," is famous for a number of his plays, including Peer Gynt, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and An Enemy of the People. It is a fitting moment for us to examine the writing of these two great men and to explore the impact that one of them had on the other. Miller, who wrote the adaptation of An Enemy of the People, died in February of this year, and Ibsen died almost a hundred years ago, in 1906.

As we consider the theme that both plays address, IN SEARCH OF A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE, faculty from our English and humanities, business, counseling, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences departments will give formal lectures to the college community on topics as varied as modern drama's debt to Greek tragedy, Arthur Miller's admiration for the work of Henrik Ibsen, the right to free speech, business ethics in contemporary life, the challenges of being a leader, family relationships in the 21st century, and the struggle to protect our environment. Go to "Calendar of Events" to see the schedule of activities.

For guidance in reading Ibsen's play, go to "Study Guides" and click on the link entitled "Study Guide for An Enemy of the People."

For guidance in reading Miller's play, go to "Study Guides" and click on the link entitled "Study Guide for All My Sons."

To participate in the discussion board, click here.

For background information on both Ibsen and Miller, go to "The Playwrights."