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1 Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller cover of first edition (1949)

2 Playwright Arthur Miller with his wife, the actress Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps youve heard of her. Source: SFGate.com, from the 2005 obituary for Miller

3 An original 1949 Broadway set design by Jo Mielziner [Source: Wake Forest Univ. website] Before us is the Salesmans house. We are aware of towering, angular shapes behind it, surrounding it on all sides. – from Millers stage directions

4 1998 at Goodman Theater, Chicago: Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman, with Kevin Anderson (Biff) and Ted Koch (Happy) Source: movi .online.co.uk

5 The same actors brought the show to Broadway in Source: Sara Krulwich photo, as seen in nytimes.com

6 Nontraditional casting at Oberlin College, 1998 (dir. Justin Emeka): Avery Brooks as Willy Loman, Petronia Paley as Linda Loman Source: movi .online.co.uk

7 Dustin Hoffman as Willy and John Malkovich as Biff in the photo that became the 1985 movie poster. Source: online.co.uk/11043_Death-of-a-Sa-1.jpg

8 An even earlier version of the Mielziner set design [Source: Wake Forest Univ. website] As more light appears, we see a solid vault of apartment houses around the small, fragile-seeming home. An air of dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality. – from Millers stage directions

9 A scene from the original Broadway production, directed by Elia Kazan. From left to right: Cameron Mitchell as Happy, Lee J. Cobb as Willy, Thomas Chalmers as Ben, and Arthur Kennedy as Biff Source: 2003 Playbill.com article on the death of Kazan

10 From the 1985 film version, starring Dustin Hoffman as Willy and Charles Durning as Charley Source: movi .online.co.uk

11 TV version that brought back Cobb as Willy, with George Segal as Biff and James Farentino as Happy (1966) Source: Broadway Digital Archive

12 From the 2009 version that ran at Yale Repertory Theater: Charles S. Dutton as Willy Loman Photo: The New Yorker

13 Artist Leonard Baskins etching of Willy Loman for a limited edition printing in Source: 281/Baskin-Artist%27s-Copy,-Death/Detail

14 Life magazine photo of an Act 2 scene from the original Broadway show, starring Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. Miller said he wrote the character with Cobb in mind. Source: appy-birthday-lee-j-cobb html

15 Mildred Dunnock as Linda in the Requiem that ends the original Broadway production. Source: Photo by Eugene W. Smith in Life Magazine, Feb. 1949


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