Arthur Miller "The American Dream is the largely unacknowledged screen in front

of which all American writing plays itself out,"

Arthur Miller was born October 17, 1915 in New York City.
He attended the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor's degree in English in 1938. During this time, he started work on his first play, No Villain. It is interesting to note that he first majored in journalism and became a reporter for the student newspaper before switching his major to English.
During his life he had three wives: Mary Slattery from 1940-1956, Marilyn Monroe from 1956-1961, and Inge Morath from 1962-2002.

In 1957 Miller was found guilty of contempt of Congress because he refused to name people who had participated in similar political activities as him. He was fined $500, sentenced 30 days in prison, blacklisted, and disallowed a U.S. passport.

Arthur Miller died February 10, 2005 at the age of 89.

Arthur Miller


(born October 17, 1915, New York, New York, U.S.—died February, 10, 2005, Roxbury, Connecticut) American playwright, who combined social awareness with a searching concern for his characters' inner lives. He is best known for Death of a Salesman (1949).
Miller was shaped by the Depression, which spelled financial ruin for his father, a small manufacturer, and demonstrated to the young Miller the insecurity of modern existence. After graduation from high school he worked in a warehouse. With the money he earned he attended the University of Michigan (B.A., 1938), where he began to write plays. His first public success was with Focus (1945), a novel about anti-Semitism. All My Sons (1947), a drama about a manufacturer of faulty war materials that strongly reflects the influence of Henrik Ibsen, was his first important play. Death of a Salesman became one of the most famous American plays of its period. It is the tragedy of Willy Loman, a small man destroyed by false values that are in large part the values of his society. Miller received a Pulitzer Prize for the play, which was later adapted for the screen (1951).
The Crucible (1953) was based on the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, a period Miller considered relevant to the 1950s, when investigation of subversive activities was widespread. In 1956, when Miller was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he refused to name people he had seen 10 years earlier at an alleged communist writers' meeting. He was convicted of contempt but appealed and won.

For further reading: Arthur Miller by Martin Gottfried (2003); The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller, ed. by Christopher Bigsby (1997); Approaches to Teaching Miller's Death of a Salesman, ed. by Matthew C. Roudane (1995); Arthur Miller and His Plays by P. Singh (1990); Arthur Miller by B. Glassman (1990); File on Miller, ed. by C.W.E. Bigsby (1988); Arthur Miller, ed. by H. Bloom (1987); Arthur Miller by J. Schlueter and J.K. Flanagan (1987); Convesations with Arthur Miller, M.C. Roudané (1987); Arthur Miller: Social Drama as Tragedy by S.K. Bhatia (1985); Twentieth Century Interpretations of Death of a Salesman, ed. by H.W. Koon (1983); Arthur Miller by N. Carson (1982); Arthur Miller by L. Moss (1980); Arthur Miller by R. Hayman (1972); Arthur Miller by R. Hogan (1964); Arthur Miller, ed. by R.W. Corrigan (1962)

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Works by Arthur Miller (list from Wikipedia)

No Villain -(play, 1936)
They Too Arise -(play, 1937, based on No Villain)
Honors at Dawn -(play, 1938, based on They Too Arise)
The Grass Still Grows -(play, 1938, based on They Too Arise)
The Great Disobedience -(play, 1938)
Listen My Children -(play, with Norman Rosten, 1939)
The Golden Years -(play, 1940)
The Man Who Had All the Luck -(play, 1940)
The Pussycat and the Plumber Who Was a Man -(radio play, 1941)
William Ireland’s Confession -(radio play, 1941)
Jed Chandler Harris -(radio play, 1941)
Captain Paul -(radio play, 1941)
The Battle of the Ovens -(radio play, 1942)
Thunder from the Mountains -(radio play, 1942)
I Was Married in Bataan -(radio play, 1942)
Toward a Farther Star -(radio play, 1942)
The Eagle’s Nest -(radio play, 1942)
The Four Freedoms -(radio play, 1942)
The Half-Bridge -(play, 1943)
That They May Win -(radio play, 1943)
Listen for the Sound of Wings -(radio play, 1943)
Bernardine -(radio play, 1944)
I Love You -(radio play, 1944)
Grandpa and the Statue -(radio play, 1944)
The Philippines Never Surrendered -(radio play, 1944)
The Guardsman -(radio play, 1944, based on Ferenc Molnár’s play)
Pride and Prejudice -(radio play, 1944, based on Jane Austen’s novel)
The Story of G.I. Joe -(film, 1943)
Focus -(novel, 1945)
Three Men on a Horse -(radio play, 1946, based on George Abbott and John C Holm play)
All My Sons -(play, 1947)
The Story of Gus -(radio play, 1947)
The Hook -(film, 1947)
Death of a Salesman -(play, 1949)
An Enemy of the People -(play, 1950, based on Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People)
The Crucible -(play, 1953)
A View from the Bridge -(play, 1955)
A Memory of Two Mondays -(play, 1955)
The Misfits -(short story, 1957)
The Misfits -(screenplay, 1961)
After the Fall -(play, 1964)
Incident at Vichy -(play, 1964)
I Don’t Need You Anymore -(short stories, 1967)
The Price -(play, 1968)
Fame -(television play, 1970)
The Reason Why -(radio play, 1970)
The Creation of the World and Other Business -(play, 1972)
The Archbishop's Ceiling -(play, 1977)
The American Clock -(play, 1980)
Playing for Time -(television play, 1980)
Elegy for a Lady -(short play, 1982, first part of Two Way Mirror)
Some Kind of Love Story -(short play, 1982, second part of Two Way Mirror)
Everybody Wins -(screenplay, 1984)
Playing for Time -(stage version, 1985)
I Think About You a Great Deal -(play, 1986)
I Can’t Remember Anything -(play, 1987, also known as Danger: Memory)
Clara -(play, 1987, also known as Danger: Memory)
The Last Yankee -(play, 1991)
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan -(play, 1991)
Homely Girl -(short story, 1992, published UK as Plain Girl: A Life 1995)
Broken Glass -(play, 1994)
The Crucible -(screenplay, 1995)
Mr Peter’s Connections -(play, 1998)
Resurrection Blues -(play, 2002)
Finishing the Picture -(play, 2004)
Presence: Stories -(short stories, 2007)
Situation Normal -(1944) is based on his experiences researching the war correspondence of Ernie Pyle.
In Russia -(1969), the first of three books created with his photographer wife Inge Morath, offers Miller's impressions of Russia and Russian society.
In the Country -(1977), with photographs by Morath and text by Miller, provides insight into how Miller spent his time in Roxbury, Connecticut and profiles of his various neighbors.
Chinese Encounters -(1979) is a travel journal with photographs by Morath. It depicts the Chinese society in the state of flux which followed the end of the Cultural Revolution. Miller discusses the hardships of many writers, professors, and artists as they try to regain the sense of freedom and place they lost during Mao Zedong's regime.
Salesman in Beijing -(1984) details Miller's experiences with the 1983 Beijing People's Theatre production of Death of a Salesman. He describes the idiosyncrasies, understandings, and insights encountered in directing a Chinese cast in a decidedly American play.
Timebends: A Life, Methuen London -(1987) ISBN 0413414809. Like Death of a Salesman, the book follows the structure of memory itself, each passage linked to and triggered by the one before.

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