Henrik Ibsen’s first dramatic work, published privately under the pseudonym Brynjulf Bjarme in 1850. At the time he was employed as an apprentice at a pharmacy in the little town Grimstad and had to do his writing late at night. The critics were not favourable. Of 250 copies, only 45 were sold. The first performance took place in Stockholm, at Nya Teatern in 1881. First production in Norway: 1935.