The Man Who Had All the Luck
It took more than fifty years for The Man Who Had All the Luck to be appreciated for what it truly is: the first stirrings of a genius that would go on to blossom in such masterpieces as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. Infused with the moral malaise of the Depression era, the drama centers on David Beeves, a man whose every obstacle to personal and professional succe...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Penguin Classics
(first published 1940)
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Jul 17, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Theatre readers, readers interested in early works of great authors
One of Miller's earlier and forgotten plays shows much more care than the average first try. It's pungent with sorrow, but still freckled with humor and humility to endear us to the characters as they build to a series of major emotional conflicts. These characters are earthly and fit into the American landscape much better than the "average" characters and stereotypes of comparable plays. The central figure is David, the man who had more luck than he wanted. Around him we meet his brother Amos...more
David Beeves is a young Midwestern Automobile mechanic who discovers he is blessed with what appears to be almost supernatural good fortune that allows him to overcome every seemingly insurmountable obstacle that crosses his path while those around him fall in defeat, leaving him to wonder if and when his luck will change and he too will be forced to deal with life's tragedies, until he eventually realizes that his good heart, hard work, and quick thought have been responsible for his success fa...more
Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g...moreMore about Arthur Miller...