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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  304 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The poignant autobiography of Arthur Miller, following his life from boyhood in New York to celebrity status. It includes numerous frank accounts, such as the first staging of Death of a Salesman, and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
Published June 14th 1999 by Methuen Publishing (first published November 1st 1987)
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Elizabeth Periale

"In Timebends Miller writes about her poetically enough, but Marilyn, his conception of Marilyn, rarely comes across as a real person. She is still a muse to his words, almost thirty years after their break-up and her death. Perhaps that is all she really ever was to him."
Middle-class jew from harlem comes up in the depression, goes to school, writes some of the best plays ever and marries Marilyn Monroe. He is genuinely perplexed by it all. Worth reading for the odd marriage of ego and contrition; he is aware that he one of the elect, in his talent and in his life, and he is troubled by it. The best of the book is in the first two or three hundo, comprising as it does a very engaging and thoughtful oral history of the 30s and 40s, here and abroad; as Miller get ...more
Pauline  Butcher Bird
The trouble with autobiographies is that only part of most people's lives is interesting. So it is here. I wanted to read about Marilyn Monroe but we get only small parts out of two chapters. Miller glosses over the breakup of his first marriage and the formation of his relationship with the most famous sex-goddess of the 20th century. You have to piece together in your own mind how and why she married a dry, not particularly attractive man, or indeed why he took the major step to marry her. The ...more
Arthur Miller has a unique perspective on the twentieth century, because, well, he is Arthur Miller. He took McCarthyism by the balls. He singlehandedly congealed a major part of the consciousness about the twentieth century American anti-hero through the image of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Oh, and he married Marilyn Monroe.

Miller's grasp on prose is not like his flawlessly balanced plays, but it has a genius of its own. Sprawling, informative, non-linear, almost like an old man telling
Great autobiography by one of the best playrights In American theater. If you like his works than you'll enjoy this.
Ian Banks
Mr Miller is not one of my favourite writers but this would have to be one of my favourite books: he is brilliant on life between the wars and how it affected people, especially when compounded by the Depression. He talks very little about writing but what he says is fascinating. The style he uses in retelling his life is great: he starts on one topic, digresses onto a related tangent then goes back to the original subject and quite often digresses to another tangent for an epilogue. Always inte ...more
Timothy Dymond
Arthur Miller is one of those writers whose massive output means you have read and seen more of his stuff than you think you have. E.g. I've seen productions of 'The Crucible', but I didn't realise that he wrote the first draft of what became 'On the Waterfront' (the final version was written by Bud Schulberg).

Miller has his artistic origins in the New York left-wing literati set that included Clifford Odets, Lillian Helman, Dashell Hammat and (for a little while) Elia Kazan. His relationship w
It took me four months to read this voluminous autobiography of one of the greatest literary figures of the world who spanned the entire 20th century, but the journey was worth every page. He was born in 1915 and died in 2005; so in a way it is also the history of 20th century America, starting from its pre-Depression era, the influx of European migrants to US in search of better livelihoods, the Great Depression of the 30s, waterfront unionism backed by the Mob, the rise of Fascism, coping with ...more
I felt in the company of a 'big man' reading this, i am a slow reader, as slow as I talk and with Millers style of writing I had to re-read many sentences and paragraphs, in my meticulous craftsmans manner I wanted to leave nothing out.

It was a privelige to hear of decades past and all the problems that went with it. I originally bought this book twenty years ago but only got to page one hundred, now being older it holds me far more, what seemed a strange play such as 'Salesman' now seems very
Timesbend, a life
A beautiful autobiography as if a man is standing in front of the world, but talking to himself...
بیوگرافی میللر به قلم خودش، کتابی ست ارزشمند، که جای ترجمه ی آن در زبان فارسی خالی ست. اصولن جای "حدیث نفس" و شرح احوال، این گونه صادقانه و در عین حال شجاعانه، در ادبیات ما خالی ست. فرهنگ تعارف و تقیه و مجامله و پرده پوشی، اجازه نمی دهد کسی این چنین که میللر، با زندگی و گذشته ی خود صریح و بی غش روبرو شود. میللر با شرح زندگی خود، تاریخ چند دهه از وقایع کشورش را وصف می کند، به ویژه دو
Joe Mossa
i love reading of writers writing but he nevers tells us when or why he chose to become a writer. i loved marilyn monroe as a teen,my first love. i can t wait till he writes of her. he began to write of her on pg 308 with much more to come. the, waiting for marilyn part, is motivating me to read on through the deep thinking of arthur miller.
it was very slow in parts especially the part about his presidency of PEN,the international writers organization. it was fascinating to hear of the roots
The experience of reading this book is kind of like sitting down and having someone tell you story after story of their life. My Dad used to do that. And it made me miss him. I learned quite a bit reading this book. Especially regarding Marxism and the 30's. How it came to be popular and the aftermath. Mr. Miller had so much pain in his life. Marilyn Monroe was a tragic lady. The book is 600 pages and the last 100 pages I found myself fidgety and wanting it all to end. The same thing would happe ...more
One of the best autobiographies I have come in touch with. What a great man.
Picked up a first edition tonight at the closing month sale at Skyline Books in NYC. Just this morning I read an article that quotes the book, for the hundredth time. It'll be a good reference to finally read this year. Wish the old fellow was still around to say interesting things.
did you know that arthur miller was once married to marilyn monroe? did you know that he was a prominent player in fighting of mcarthyism and was once good friends with elia kazan, only to have that friendship destroyed by kazan dragging miller's name in during a congressional hearing? pretty incredible life that explains the origins of his ethos.
While it was fascinating to read how Arthur Miller's mind works, I ended up being disappointed in him. He left out too much and passed over too much for the book to be satisfying. It was long and was hard work to read. I am glad I read it, but am a bit disappointed in it.
Joy H.
Added 12/24/12.

Recommended by Arnie of my GR group 12/24/12. Arnie wrote the following at my group: "I'm reading Arthur Miller's brilliant autobio, "Timebends"--- not only was he a great playwright, but this book reads like a superior novel."
An excellent, but very long, read. What a life! It wasn't always easy for him and Marilyn Monroe wasn't the only interesting person in his life. I read this book for research in college and won't ever forget it. I highly recommend it.
great insight into arthurs life. doesnt mention the abandoned child tho! and gets pretty heavy on usa politics. but if you love his plays, and want to know what its like to be married to marilynl, then read it
Jason Antoniewicz
And what a life. A brilliant autobiography from an outstanding playwright, with so much to take from it.
This is a great memoir by Arthur Miller, especially his recollections of growing up in Brooklyn.
Oct 14, 2007 Mollie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theater and history enthusiasts
Shelves: theater, non-fiction
Like hearing long rambling stories from the Jewish Grandfather I never had =)
E. Ilana Diamant
autobiographical, interesting background on Miller's ideas through his own telling
Ian Robinson
absorbing, deep, a great scope of time and the american experience of it.
facinating life. facinating book.
Excellent reading by the author.
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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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