The Swedish author and playwright lived an emotional, tortured life, which is reflected in his work. Miss Julie
, a one-act play, deals with the love-hate conflict in the relationships of men and women. The protagonist is a young, aristocratic woman who seduces her father's footman and then commits suicide. The other plays are The Father
(1887), The Dance of Death
(1900), A Dream Play
(1901) and The Ghost Sonata
This edition embraces Strindberg's crucial transition from the Naturalism to Modernism, from his two finest achievements as a psychological realist, The Father and Miss Julie, to the three plays in which he redefined the possibilities of European drama following his return to the theatre in 1898. Michael Robinson's highly performable translations are based on the authoritative texts of the new edition of Strindberg's collected works in Sweden and include the Preface to Miss Julie, Strindberg's manifesto of theatrical naturalism.