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Theater Essays of Arthur Miller

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ISBN-10: 0306807327

ISBN-13: 9780306807329

Edition: 2nd 1996 (Revised)

Authors: Arthur Miller, Robert A. Martin, Steven R. Centola

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Arthur Miller is one of the most important and enduring playwrights of the last fifty years. This new edition of The Theater Essays has been expanded by nearly fifty percent to include his most signif
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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/22/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 628
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
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. 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.

STEVEN R. CENTOLA is Professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. The founding president of the Arthur Miller Society, he has edited four books, including two that he collaborated on with Arthur Miller: The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (Revised Edition), and Echoes Down the Corridor. He has also published three interviews with Arthur Miller, as well as numerous articles on the playwright in various books and scholarly journals.

A Literary Chronology
Introduction to the Original Edition
Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Foreword: Sorting Things Out
Tragedy and the Common Man
The Nature of Tragedy
The Salesman Has a Birthday
Preface to an Adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People
Many Writers: Few Plays
Journey to The Crucible
The American Theater
On Social Plays
The Family in Modern Drama
1956 and All This
Introduction to the Collected Plays
Brewed in The Crucible
The Shadows of the Gods
Morality and Modern Drama
On Adaptations
Introduction to A View from the Bridge (Two-act version)
The State of the Theater
On Recognition
Foreword to After the Fall
What Makes Plays Endure?
Arthur Miller: An Interview
It Could Happen Here - And Did
The Contemporary Theater
On the Theater in Russia
Broadway, From O'Neill to Now
Arthur Miller vs. Lincoln Center
Arthur Miller on The Crucible
The American Writer: The American Theater
Salesman in Beijing
The Will to Live
The Mad Inventor of Modern Drama
An Interview with Arthur Miller
From Timebends: A Life
A Fabulous Appetite for Greatness
Again They Drink from the Cup of Suspicion
Introduction to The Golden Years of The Man Who Had All the Luck
Conditions of Freedom: Two Plays of the Seventies - The Archbishop's Ceiling and The American Clock
A Conversation with Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller: An Interview
Introduction to Plays: Three
On Screenwriting and Language: Introduction to Everybody Wins
We're Probably in an Art That Is - Not Dying
About Theater Language: Afterword to The Last Yankee
Ibsen and the Drama of Today
Play Casts and Production Information
Bibliography of Works
Index to the Original Edition
Index to the Expanded Edition