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Portable Arthur Miller

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ISBN-10: 0140247092

ISBN-13: 9780140247091

Edition: 1995 (Revised)

Authors: Christopher W. Bigsby, Arthur Miller, Harold Clurman, Harold Clurman

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The Portable Arthur Miller is a rich cross section of sixty years of writing from one of this century's most influential and humane playwrights. This classic collection, completely updated by the author together with the preeminent Miller scholar Christopher Bigsby, contains in full the masterpieces The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, and is now expanded to include his most recent play, Broken Glass, which was awarded England's prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play of 1995, as well as three other complete plays and an excerpt from a radio drama thought lost for years. An essay by Harold Clurman recognizes Miller as one of the greatest playwrights America has produced, and Bigsby's introduction evaluates his place at the fore of twentieth-century literature.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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 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.

Biographical Notes
Introduction to the Original Edition
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Timebends (excerpt from the autobiography) (1987)
The Golden Years (excerpt from a play) (1939-1940)
Death of a Salesman (1949)
The Crucible (1953)
After the Fall (1964)
The American Clock (1980)
The Last Yankee (1993)
Broken Glass (1994)
Timebends (excerpt from the autobiography)
Bibliography