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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Arthur Miller
Author:
Bigsby, C. W. E.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
xix, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The tradition of social drama: Miller and his forebears / Brenda Murphy -- The early plays / Christopher Bigsby -- All my sons / Steven R. Centola -- Death of a salesman and the poetics of Arthur Miller / Matthew C. Roudané -- Conscience and community in An enemy of the people and The crucible / Thomas P. Adler -- A view from the bridge / Albert Wertheim -- The Holocaust, the Depression, and McCarthyism: Miller in the sixties / Janet N. Balakian -- Miller's 1970s "power" plays / William W. Demastes -- Miller in the eighties / Jane Schlueter -- Miller in the nineties / Christopher Bigsby -- Arthur Miller and the cinema / R. Barton Palmer -- Arthur Miller's fiction / Malcolm Bradbury -- Critic, criticism, critics / Stephen Barker -- Arthur Miller: a bibliographic essay / Susan Haedicke.
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ISBN:
9780521550192

9780521559928
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Book

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Central Library PS3525.I5156 Z548 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Arthur Miller is regarded as one of the most important playwrights of the twentieth century. His work is performed and studied around the world and this Companion provides an introduction to this influential dramatist. In addition to analyses of Miller's plays, including All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible, his work is also placed within the context of the social and political climate of the time. The impact of the Depression, the Holocaust, and McCarthyism are explored in light of the plays, and the contributors also discuss Miller's fiction and work in film. In the last twenty years, Miller has written a host of new plays and the Companion also examines these works, including The Ride Down Mount Morgan, The Last Yankee, and Broken Glass. The volume closes with a bibliographic essay which reviews the key studies of Miller. It also contains a detailed chronology of Miller's work and illustrations from important productions.


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Following a chronology and synopsis of Miller's life, these essays begin with Brenda Murphy's analysis of Miller's debt to classical Greek drama and end with dramaturg Susan Haedicke's bibliographic essay. Bigsby (Univ. of East Anglia, UK), editor of The Portable Arthur Miller, rev. ed. (1995), covers the early plays, and others devote essays to All My Sons , Death of A Salesman, and The Crucible. Four essays organized by decade place Miller's life and work within their social context: Janet Balakian provides an essay titled "The Holocaust, the Depression and McCarthyism"; William Demastes (editor of Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition, CH, Jan'97) discusses the 1970s "power" plays (e.g., The Creation of the World); June Schlueter (author of Dramatic Closure: Reading the End, CH, Dec'95) and Bigsby take on the 1980s and '90s, covering reaction to US and international revivals, the autobiography Timebends (CH, Mar'88), and recent works such as The Ride Down Mount Morgan and Broken Glass. Essays on Miller's experience with and in Hollywood, his fiction, and his complex relationship with the critical enterprise round out this excellent, up-to-date volume spanning Miller's entire career. Illustrated. Recommended for general readers and undergraduate libraries. J. C. Kohl; emeritus, Dutchess Community College


Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology Susan Hadicke
1 Introduction
2 The tradition of social drama: Miller and his forbears Brenda Murphy
3 The early plays Christopher Bigsby
4 All My Sons Steve Centola
5 Death of a Salesman and the poetics of Arthur Miller Matthew C. Roudané
6 Conscience and community in An Enemy of the People and The Crucible Thomas P. Adler
7 A View from the Bridge Albert Wertheim
8 The holocaust, the depression and McCarthyism: Miller in the sixties Janet N. Balakian
9 Miller's 1970s 'Power' plays William W. Demastes
10 Miller in the eighties June Schlueter
11 Miller in the nineties Christopher Bigsby
12 Arthur Miller and the cinema R. Barton Palmer
13 Arthur Miller's fiction Malcolm Bradbury
14 Critic, criticism, critics Stephen Barker
15 Arthur Miller: a bibliographic essay Susan Hadicke
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