The Portable Arthur Miller
This classic collection—the only one-volume selection of Arthur Miller's work available—presents a rich cross section of writing from one of our most influential and humane playwrights, containing in full his masterpieces The Crucible and Death of a Salesman. This essential collection also includes the complete texts of After the Fall, The American Clock, The Last Yankee,...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 575 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Penguin Books
(first published 1971)
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I think Miller is much better when he is focusing on the shining moments that can be found in the lives of absolutely ordinary people than when he tries to take on things of more "import." Of the pieces I'd read before, I loved "Death of a Salesman" more than the first time and disliked "The Crucible" even more than the first time. Of the two plays I hadn't read, I got much more interested in "The Price" than "Incident at Vichy" (though I even liked that better than "The Crucible"). Miller can r...more
Includes "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," as well as a smattering of lesser-known works. "Incident at Vichy" is a neat companion of sorts to Miller's teleplay "Playing for Time," and "The Price" is an absorbing study of self-deception and potential squandered. The remaining bits are less compelling than the four plays, but help to round out this concise portrait of Miller's work.
Arthur Miller was a Michigan man, class of ’38, who gave us some powerful plays. I saw “Broken Glass” in NYC 1994, included in this collection. But, after plowing through “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible,” I think I’m done with heavy stuff like this for a while. Time for fishing or football or something.
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...