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Homely Girl, A Life: And Other Stories

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In his long career, Arthur Miller has charted some of the most hidden aspects of the American character, and made us recognize ourselves. With Homely Girl, A Life, he turns his attention to a smaller, more intimate, canvas, but one that in its deceptive delicacy still encompasses a vast range of human fears, ambitions, and desires. Janice—the eponymous homely girl—has hate ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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Oct 11, 2009 Phae rated it really liked it
Arthur Miller's collection of three short stories describe the lives of three ordinary, yet extraordinary Americans in the mid-19th century.

The first, "Homely Girl, A Life," deals with a young woman whose identity is so wrapped around her flawed appearance that I cannot recall if readers ever even learn her name. Her invisibility is so resolute. The story begins with her relationship with her father, who consistently hammers on her lack of physical beauty as though it is a moral deficiency. Whe
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Aug 20, 2016 Paul Cockeram rated it really liked it
In this well-balanced little book, Arthur Miller’s two novellas are complemented by the short story “Fame,” which opens with a playwright selling the movie rights to his hit for half a million dollars. The exhilaration of success is tempered by a crisis of identity. The playwright is embarrassed every time someone recognizes him but can’t stop hoping to be recognized; he savors a free drink from the bar owner yet worries how the scotch may interfere with an upcoming business dinner. How differen ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This short compilation of Miller short works includes just three stories: "Homely Girl, A Life", "Fame", and Fitter's Night". The shortest of the three, "Fame", is a possibly autobiographical look at how a popular playwright deals with his new-found celebrity. Random strangers approach him on the street, offering their unsolicited opinions of his work or gushing as if they were old friends. Rich people in restaurants think nothing of interrupting his meal to make him meet their friends. The key ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
There is a good reason why Arthur Miller is among my favourite writers. His characters are so finely crafted and he never fails to disappoint. i stumbled upon this little volume and fell in love with all the stories, especially "Homely Girl." Love, love, loved it!
Jul 21, 2015 Peachy rated it liked it
I admire arthur miller for being able to creatively get a profound message across. Artistic. :)
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Aug 25, 2013 Mónica rated it it was ok
Acabo de darme cuenta que este libro forma parte de una serie de historias que me hubiera encantado leer. Por desgracia, la edición que encontré -de Tusquets- no las tenía así que me quedé con esta historia (en español llamada "Una chica cualquiera") que tiene ciertos elementos rescatables, como la forma fragmentada en la que está narrada, pero que va a pasar a una lista que debería titular "sin pena ni gloria".
Ben Hughes
Oct 24, 2008 Ben Hughes rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of three short stories by Miller which provide glimpses into common American characters during World War II. Although short these these stories are rich in imagery and character development. An unexpecte delight.
Nov 27, 2007 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theatre people
These little stories reveal a great deal about American's greatest mid-century playwright...
Nov 03, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
I particulalry enjoyed the story, "The Fitter's Night" in this collection.
Aug 05, 2008 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Homely girl is in my opinion the best of the three.
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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 ...more
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