From Skien to Rome

In the autobiographical fragment Henrik Ibsen 1828–1888: Et literært Livsbillede [Henrik Ibsen 1828–1888: A literary life portrait], Ibsen relates some of his childhood memories of an “exceedingly happy and sociable town”.

The entire autobiographical fragment can be read [in Norwegian] in Henrik Ibsens skrifter, an exhaustive collection of Ibsen’s writings and literary research.

The photograph below shows Prindsens Gade – now Henrik Ibsens gate – looking towards Skien Church. The Altenburg Building, where the Ibsen family lived from 1831 to 1835, can be seen on the far left of the photograph. The Stockmann Building is also visible on the right-hand side of the street, right by the church.

Photo: Telemark Museum.