Teacher, writer

Rolf Fjelde, teacher and writer who translated Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s works into English, died Sept. 10 at his home in White Plains, N.Y. Cause of death was not announced. He was 76.

Fjelde, who translated 12 of Ibsen’s plays, including “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler” and the verse play “Peer Gynt,” was critical of freehand adaptations and translations from the past.

Brooklyn native graduated from Yale and Columbia, was a founding editor of Yale Poetry Review and Poetry New York, founding president of the Ibsen Society of America and editor of the organization’s newsletter.

He was also a drama teacher at Juilliard and at Pratt Institute, where he taught more than 40 years.

He was awarded the Norwegian Royal Medal of St. Olaf in 1991.

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