Definition of ibsenism :
The dramatic practice or purpose characteristic of the writings of Henrik Ibsen ( 1828- 1906), Norwegian poet and dramatist, whose best- known plays deal with conventional hypocrisies, the story in each play thus developing a definite moral problem.
- Spiritualism, Socialism, Ibsenism, Walt Whitmania- all the movements and sensations of the day, social, political, and artistic, in so far as they are follies- have been shot at as they rose. - "The History of "Punch"", M. H. Spielmann.
- It was felt that so much sincerity and fertility of explanation justified a concentrated attack; and in 1891 appeared the brilliant book called The Quintessence of Ibsenism, which some have declared to be merely the quintessence of Shaw. - "George Bernard Shaw", Gilbert K. Chesterton.
- Had he lived longer, he probably would have sung us something in a cautionary strain; just as it can never be sufficiently regretted that he did not live long enough to handle Ibsenism. - "Matthew Arnold", George Saintsbury.