Throughout his life, Ibsen often found his plays subjected to a barrage of hostile criticism when they were first published. This was as true of a poetic drama like Peer Gynt as of his more provocative social plays, such as A Doll’s House and Ghosts. He occasionally expressed his irritation or fury at a particular critic’s response in his letters, but never demeaned himself by replying to a critic in public. He was content to write for the future, confident that people would in time understand his work. He was also aware that he enjoyed enormous popularity and support amongst progressive young writers and theatre directors all over Europe, and during the 1880s and 1890s they rallied to his defence.
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