Abell, Kjeld 1901–1961
Abell was a Danish dramatist and screenwriter. In his work he sought to reveal the passive conformity of the bourgeoisie, the dangers of Nazism, and the erosion of moral integrity in modern life. In his highly regarded Anna Sophie Hedvig, even murder is vindicated as a means of achieving justice. With technical innovation, whimsy, and symbolic device, Abell created persuasive dramas concerned more with topical problems than character development. His early work bears the influence of the expressionist movement in drama, while subsequent plays reflect a more realistic approach.