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1 Image courtesy of Wikipedia via the U.S. Department of State "The American Dream is the largely unacknowledged screen in front of which all American writing plays itself out.”

2 Accomplishments  Great American playwright, novelist, and screenwriter  Considered one of the 20 th century’s three great American dramatists – Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill  Awards: Pulitzer PrizePeabody Award Tony AwardKennedy Lifetime Emmy AwardAchievement Award  His work often questions “death and betrayal and injustice and how we are to account for this little life of ours”

3 Background  Arthur Asher Miller:  Born – NYC, 1915  Died – Roxbury, CT, 2005  Worked series of odd jobs during Great Depression to make ends meet & pay for college  Graduated from University of Michigan in 1938  Began writing plays while in school  Worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and wrote radio scripts during WWII, while struggling to write plays and novels

4 Professional Life  First successful play, The Man Who Had All The Luck, hit Broadway in 1944  Established himself as an eminent playwright with All My Sons (1947)  Most celebrated play, Death of a Salesman (1949) won Miller the Pulitzer Prize for Drama  Followed by The Crucible (1953) for which he won a Tony award  Other notable works: A View From The Bridge (1955), After the Fall (1964), The Price (1968)  Adapted both Death of a Salesman and The Crucible to film in 1985 and 1995, respectively

5 P Also famous for…  Already a public person, Miller married Marilyn Monroe in 1956 (his second wife)  Tumultuous marriage, divorced in 1961  Faced high media scrutiny for marrying the country’s most beautiful woman  Married again in 1962 to Inga Morath, with whom he remained until her death in 2002

6 Reception  Following his success with All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, Miller’s personal beliefs were shoved into the limelight  He revealed to be politically liberal-leaning, as conveyed in his controversial subject matter  A large target for the House of Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare Information found on: entity_id=3762&source_type=a-


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