Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Biography (excerpt):

Arthur Miller is widely recognized as a preeminent playwright of twentieth-century American theater. Miller's realistic dramas explore the complex psychological and social issues that plague humankind in the wake of World War II: the dangers of rampant materialism, the struggle for dignity in a dehumanizing world, the erosion of the family structure, and the perils besetting human rights. Several of Miller's best-known plays--All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible-- have been performed for well over forty years, and according to Benjamin Nelson in Arthur Miller: Portrait of a Playwright, they "continue to endure, . . . in fact gaining in strength and impact."

Nelson described the many plays in the Miller canon as "stunning dramatic achievements." Viewers, he noted, "are jolted by the immediate emotional impact of something real, something vibrantly alive exploding at them with a burst of meaning and a ring of truth. The impact is hardly accidental. Miller's plays are products of a meticulous craftsman with an unerring sense of the theater and the ability to create meaningful people in striking situations."

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Letters (Primary Sources):

Download "'What We're Looking For is an Image of Ourselves': a conversation with Arthur Miller" written by Steven Centola, published by The Michigan Quarterly Review, and found with ProQuest Platinum, available through Windward School's Center for Teaching and Learning Portal.


Download the chronology of Miller's life, written by Susan Haedicke and published in The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller, a book available at Santa Monica Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library.