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Arthur Miller (1) (1915–2005)

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The son of a well-to-do New York Jewish family, Miller graduated from high school and then went to work in a warehouse. He was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, New York City. His plays have been called "political," but he considers the areas of literature and politics to be quite separate and vis mere has said, "The only sure and valid aim---speaking of art as a weapon---is the humanizing of man." The recurring theme of all his plays is the relationship between a man's identity and the image that society demands of him. After two years, he entered the University of Michigan, where he soon started writing plays. All My Sons (1947), a Broadway success that won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947, tells the story of a son, home from the war, who learns that his brother's death was due to defective airplane parts turned out by their profiteering father. Death of a Salesman (1949), Miller's experimental yet classical American tragedy, received both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1949. It is a poignant statement of a man facing himself and his failure. In The Crucible (1953), a play about bigotry in the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, Miller brings into focus the social tragedy of a society gone mad, as well as the agony of a heroic individual. The play was generally considered to be a comment on the McCarthyism of its time. Miller himself appeared before the Congressional Un-American Activities Committee and steadfastly refused to involve his friends and associates when questioned about them. His screenplay for The Misfits (1961), from his short story, was written for his second wife, actress Marilyn Monroe (see Vol. 3); After the Fall (1964) has clear autobiographical overtones and involves the story of this ill-fated marriage as well as further dealing with Miller's experiences with McCarthyism. In the one-act Incident at Vichy (1964), a group of men are picked off the streets one morning during the Nazi occupation of France. The Price (1968) is a psychological drama concerning two brothers, one a police officer, one a wealthy surgeon, whose long-standing conflict is explored over the disposal of their father's furniture. The Creation of the World and Other Business (1973) is a retelling of the story of Genesis, attempted as a comedy. The American Clock (1980) explores the impact of the Depression on the nation and its individual citizens. Among Miller's most recent works is Danger: Memory! (1987), a study of two elderly friends. During the 1980s, almost all of Miller's plays were given major British revivals, and the playwright's work has been more popular in Britain than in the United States of late. Miller died of heart failure after a battle against cancer, pneumonia and congestive heart disease at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 89 years old. (Bowker Author Biography) Arthur Miller, American playwright, was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City. He earned an AB from the University of Michigan and began to write plays while still a student. He won the first of his many awards, the Avery Hopwood Prize of the University of Michigan, for his first play, Honors at Dawn. This was followed by many other award-winning plays. One of the best-known of these, Death of a Salesman, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1949 as well as a Drama Critics Circle Award; it continues to be one of the most frequently performed and adapted plays of this century. Some of his other titles include The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, The Misfits, After the Fall, and Vichy. Miller also wrote several travel pieces, including In Russia and Chinese Encounters (both in collaboration with his third wife, Ingeborg Morath); a novel, Focus; and the autobiography, Timebends: A Life. Arthur Miller was married to Mary Grace Slattery in 1940. They had two children and were divorced in 1952. In 1956, he married actress Marilyn Monroe and they divorced in 1961. He married Morath in 1962 and they have two children together. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Arthur Miller

The Crucible: Text and Criticism (1953) — Forfatter — 14,931 eksemplarer
En sælgers død (1948) 11,862 eksemplarer
Death of a Salesman [critical edition] (1967) 1,246 eksemplarer
A View from the Bridge (1955) 1,064 eksemplarer
All My Sons (1947) 1,052 eksemplarer
Timebends: A Life (1987) 559 eksemplarer
The Portable Arthur Miller (1971) 400 eksemplarer
En mands Ansigt (1945) 390 eksemplarer
A View from the Bridge & All My Sons (1961) 327 eksemplarer
An Enemy of the People (1950) 320 eksemplarer
The Price (1968) — Forfatter — 274 eksemplarer
Incident at Vichy [2016 TV movie] (1964) — Play — 243 eksemplarer
Misfits - De frigjorte (1961) — Forfatter — 155 eksemplarer
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991) 143 eksemplarer
The Crucible: Text and Criticism (1971) 135 eksemplarer
Presence: Stories (2007) 134 eksemplarer
Broken Glass (1994) 130 eksemplarer
Plain Girl (1992) — Forfatter — 99 eksemplarer
Collected Plays 1964-1982 (2012) 98 eksemplarer
The Misfits [1961 film] (1961) — Screenwriter — 91 eksemplarer
Collected Plays (1957) 90 eksemplarer
On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001) 81 eksemplarer
Playing for Time (1985) 73 eksemplarer
I Don't Need You Any More (1967) — Forfatter — 71 eksemplarer
The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays (2015) — Forfatter — 66 eksemplarer
The Crucible and Related Readings (1996) 65 eksemplarer
Danger: Memory! (1986) 58 eksemplarer
Collected Plays 1987-2004 (2015) 53 eksemplarer
Resurrection Blues (2002) 52 eksemplarer
Death of a Salesman [1985 TV movie] (1985) — Screenwriter — 52 eksemplarer
The Man Who Had All the Luck (1940) 51 eksemplarer
The Misfits, story of a shoot (1672) 48 eksemplarer
The American Clock (1980) 47 eksemplarer
The Crucible: A Screenplay (1996) 45 eksemplarer
The Last Yankee (1991) 44 eksemplarer
Chinese Encounters (1979) 42 eksemplarer
Salesman in Beijing (1984) 35 eksemplarer
Mr. Peters' Connections (1998) — Forfatter — 34 eksemplarer
A Memory of Two Mondays (1955) 33 eksemplarer
The Archbishop's Ceiling (1977) 30 eksemplarer
The Last Yankee & Broken Glass (1994) 26 eksemplarer
In Russia (1969) 23 eksemplarer
Jane's Blanket (1963) 20 eksemplarer
Hexenjagd: Der Tod Des Handlungsreisenden (1960) — Forfatter — 17 eksemplarer
The Arthur Miller Audio Collection (2002) 15 eksemplarer
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1986) 13 eksemplarer
Playing for Time [1980 film] (1980) — Writer — 12 eksemplarer
Penguin Plays: New American Drama (1966) 11 eksemplarer
Teatro 11 eksemplarer
Some Kind of Love Story (1983) 11 eksemplarer
Everybody Wins: A Screenplay (1984) 10 eksemplarer
Drámák (1974) 9 eksemplarer
Teatro reunido (2015) 8 eksemplarer
Elegy For a Lady. (1982) 7 eksemplarer
Plays : one (1986) 6 eksemplarer
Muerte de un viajante (pdf) (2015) 5 eksemplarer
Collected Plays: v. 1 (1974) 5 eksemplarer
La política i l'art d'actuar (2002) 5 eksemplarer
Final Edition (1981) 4 eksemplarer
Collected plays, 1944-1961 (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Everybody Wins [1990 film] (2005) — Writer — 4 eksemplarer
Teatro (La muerte de un viajante, Todos eran mis hijos) (1959) — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Stücke 1 (2009) 3 eksemplarer
Enchanté de vous connaître (Pavillons poche) (2013) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Widerhall der Zeit : Essays (2003) 2 eksemplarer
"Death of a salesman" in Beijing (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Pascal Covici, 1888-1964 (1964) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
The Misfits 1 eksemplar
Dramak 1 eksemplar
Bulldog [short story] (1983) 1 eksemplar
Situation Normal 1 eksemplar
I Kina (1979) 1 eksemplar
TDR #177 1 eksemplar
Miller Arthur 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver7,783 eksemplarer
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver902 eksemplarer
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (1980) — Forord, nogle udgaver463 eksemplarer
Six Great Modern Plays (1956) — Bidragyder — 460 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002) — Bidragyder — 456 eksemplarer
Telling Tales (2004) — Bidragyder — 341 eksemplarer
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Bidragyder — 335 eksemplarer
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Bidragyder — 276 eksemplarer
Famous American Plays of the 1940s (1900) — Bidragyder — 224 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1999 (1999) — Bidragyder — 183 eksemplarer
Masterpieces of the Drama (1966) — Bidragyder — 173 eksemplarer
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Bidragyder — 157 eksemplarer
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 139 eksemplarer
Granta 78: Bad Company (2002) — Bidragyder — 136 eksemplarer
New voices in the American theatre (1955) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
Telling Tales and Other New One-Act Plays (1993) — Bidragyder — 108 eksemplarer
One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theater (1961) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer
The Crucible [1996 film] (1997) — Original play — 90 eksemplarer
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (1959) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
Best American Plays: Third Series, 1945-1951 (1952) — Bidragyder — 66 eksemplarer
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (1956) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Modern and Contemporary Drama (1958) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Best American Plays: Fourth Series, 1951-1957 (1958) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
In Search of the Simple Life: American Voices, Past and Present (1986) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Cuba on the Verge: An Island in Transition (2003) — Efterskrift — 33 eksemplarer
A Treasury of the Theatre: From Henrik Ibsen to Eugène Ionesco (1960) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
14 great plays (1977) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre [4-volume set] (1969) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
The Best American Political Writing 2002 (2002) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Best American Plays: 7th Series, 1967-1973 (1975) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
America on Stage : Ten Great Plays of American History (1976) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Inge Morath: The Road to Reno (2006) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver21 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Death of a Salesman [1966 TV movie] (1966) — Original play — 12 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Mystery in the Mainstream: An Anthology of Literary Crimes (1986) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Brooklyn Bridge [1981 TV episode] (2004) — Fortæller — 9 eksemplarer
Focus [2001 movie] (2002) 6 eksemplarer
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, Volume 4 — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
All My Sons [1987 TV movie] — Original play — 2 eksemplarer
After the Fall [1974 TV movie] — Original play — 1 eksemplar
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, Volume 3 — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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I cry like a baby. The language is so full of vitality and power. The characters are vividly drawn. The play puts up a horrifying mirror in which we see the sociological, political, and philosophical folly of human society. Readers understand, just as John Proctor does, that a contagious derangement has descended upon Salem, and yet we manufacture that Salem again and again in new and more deranged ways. Just an amazing portrait of moral failure with a stunning glimpse of redemption.
BeauxArts79 | 155 andre anmeldelser | Nov 5, 2023 |

This was an interesting take on the trials in Salem, some things true and some imagined. As you were supposed to, I hated Abigail and loved Elizabeth, her husband was a supreme jerk. Also, unrelated, the way all the men call the women “Woman” was a little abrupt, but I could see it being true (though I don’t know for sure).
Danielle.Desrochers | 155 andre anmeldelser | Oct 10, 2023 |
"The Price" is my favorite of all the plays I've read by Arthur Miller thus far. Within this drama, the characters are flawed, contradictory, disturbed, frustrated, in denial, good, and bad. Because I'm the same age as the protagonist / antagonist, Victor, I viscerally relate to the dilemma / mid-life crisis he's experiencing. Is it too late for that second chance--too late for Victor to actually make something of himself as he conceived when he was young and not so disillusioned? There's not much time left to act--the clock is ticking. The power struggle between the two brothers, Victor and Walter, manifests quite civilly--though the rage simmers, it is rarely violent. It could be said that Walter, the more "successful" of the two brothers, is also the more secure of the two. Walter has always known what he wanted and he goes for it; nothing stops him. Whereas Victor, being less sure, is propped up by the presence of his wife, Esther--who "thinks" for Victor. It's as if Esther functions as Victor's superego; perhaps Victor is not strong enough to face Walter on his own. Everything crystallizes in Act II (Walter appears at the end of Act I); in Act I, skeptical Victor is getting ripped off by Solomon, the appraiser. That transaction sums up the entire problem with Victor's life--he's a guy who's always settling, never risking for the potentially big payoff. On the other hand, possibly Solomon is doing Victor a favor, taking this junk furniture off his hands--maybe Solomon is relieving Victor of that chip on his shoulder he's been carrying around for all those years. In the final scene of Act II of "The Price", Solomon laughs hysterically and uncontrollably by himself, relieved of yet another day of insidious wheeling and dealing. Is he a madman? A saint? Or both? Postscriptum--Although the play is divided into two acts, in the Author's Production Note on the final page of this text, Miller writes that " ..... an unbroken performance is preferable".… (mere)
stephencbird | 3 andre anmeldelser | Sep 19, 2023 |


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John Steinbeck Contributor
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