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Conversations with Miller
Gussow, Mel.
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New York : Applause, [2002]

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224 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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PS3525.I5156 Z68 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Applause BooksConversations with Miller offers a personal and revealing account of one of the major playwrights of our time. Arthur Miller is revealed in deep and candid conversation with the highly regarded dramatic critic, Mel Gussow. In this series of interviews, which took place over 40 years, Miller is astonishingly forthcoming about his creative sources, his accomplishments and his disappointment; about his staunch resistance to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950's; about his private life including his five-year marriage to Marilyn Monroe. The result is an intimate portrait of a cultural giant who is both refreshingly down to earth and a fiercely original writer and thinker.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
"I'm rewriting Hamlet" (March 21, 2001)p. 19
"That man up there isn't me" (October 24, 1963)p. 33
"It was just an image I had of this feisty little guy who was taking on the whole world" (February 17, 1984)p. 39
"To be a have to be an alligator. You have to be able to take a whack and be able to swallow bicycles and digest them" (January 17, 1986)p. 59
"There's nobody up here but us chickens" (November 18, 1986)p. 69
"Some good parts for actors" (December 12, 1986)p. 83
"The subject was right here. There was never a question in my mind about that" (January 7, 1987)p. 135
"Tennessee felt his redemption lay in writing. I feel the same way. That's when you're most alive" (January 9, 1987)p. 149
"As always, everything is at stake" (January 15, 1987)p. 163
"You hang around long enough, you don't melt" (October 11, 1996)p. 165
"Anybody who smears herself with chocolate needs all the support she can get" (July 1, 1998)p. 187
"Sometimes it takes a hundred years, and then you get it right" (September 8, 2000)p. 189
"An unelected politician is of no significance--like an unproduced playwright" (July 23, 2001)p. 205
Afterwordp. 219
Acknowledgementsp. 221
Indexp. 223