Arthur Miller with his second wife Marilyn Monroe in 1956.
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Abraham Lincoln High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
University of Michigan
Rebecca Miller filming her father, Arthur Miller.
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller pose with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Miller at Arthur's Roxbury home.
Miller with his third wife, Inge Morath.
Miller and his daughter, Rebecca.
Miller with the cast of "The Misfits".
(Joe Keller and Steve Deever, partners in a machine shop d...)
Joe Keller and Steve Deever, partners in a machine shop during World War II, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went back to business, making himself very wealthy in the ensuing years. In Miller’s work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller's son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Steve’s daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father's guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity. Winner of the Drama Critics' Award for Best New Play in 1947, All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater. All My Sons introduced themes that thread through Miller's work as a whole: the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics. This edition features an introduction by Christopher Bigsby. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
(“Miller takes his rightful place in The Library of Americ...)
“Miller takes his rightful place in The Library of America with this volume.” —Library Journal (starred review) In the inaugural volume of its collected edition of Miller’s plays, The Library of America gathers the works from the 1940s and 1950s that electrified theatergoers and established Miller as one of the indispensable voices of the postwar era. Among the plays included are All My Sons, the story of an industrialist confronted with his moral lapses during World War II; Death of a Salesman, the wrenching tragedy of Willy Loman’s demise; The Crucible, at once a riveting reconstruction of the Salem witch trials and a parable of McCarthyism; and A View from the Bridge, Miller’s tale of betrayal among Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, presented here in both the original one-act and revised two-act versions. This volume also contains the intriguing early drama The Man Who Had All the Luck, the first of Miller’s plays to be produced on Broadway, along with his adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, the autobiographical one-act A Memory of Two Mondays, and Miller’s novella The Misfits, based on the screenplay he wrote for Marilyn Monroe. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing.
(Winner of the 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play...)
Winner of the 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play: Ivo van Hove. Set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences. This edition includes a foreword by Philip Seymour Hoffman and an introduction by Arthur Miller. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
(The definitive memoir of Arthur Miller the famous playwri...)
The definitive memoir of Arthur Miller the famous playwright of The Crucible, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and other plays Timebends reveals Miller’s incredible trajectory as a man and a writer. Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, developed leftist political convictions during the Great Depression, achieved moral victory against McCarthyism in the 1950s, and became president of PEN International near the end of his life, fighting for writers’ freedom of expression. Along the way, his prolific output established him as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century he wrote twenty-two plays, various screenplays, short stories, and essays, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesmanand the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 for All My Sons. Miller also wrote the screenplay for The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe’s final film. This memoir also reveals the incredible host of notables that populated his life, including Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Leaving behind a formidable reputation in the worlds of theater, cinema, and politics, Arthur Miller died in 2005 but his memoir continues his legacy.
(Soft and warm, Jane's blanket had always been there to co...)
Soft and warm, Jane's blanket had always been there to comfort her, and she couldn't imagine drifting off to sleep without it. But with the passage of time, Jane grew bigger and bigger and her beloved pink blanket got smaller and smaller. This tender tale of how Jane learned to do without her blanket is a story that children and adults will be happy to share. In his only work for children, the author of Death of a Salesman offers a different kind of story. Arthur Miller's heartwarming tale of a child's growth and maturity is accompanied by charming images by Al Parker, a prominent illustrator and founder of the Famous Artists School.
('For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don'...)
'For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.' Willy Loman has been a salesman for 34 years. At 60, he is cast aside, his usefulness exhausted. With no future to dream about he must face the crushing disappointments of his past. He takes one final brave action, but is he heroic at last or a self-deluding fool?
(Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run seri...)
Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library. These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri-band cover design, first created in 1935, while french flaps, high-quality paper, and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting-edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today. The Crucible One of the true masterpieces of twentieth-century American theater, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theatre can.
Miller graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1932. Six years later he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Miller, before his professional career, worked as a radio singer, truck driver and clerk in an automobile-parts warehouse. He began writing plays as a student at the University of Michigan and worked for the student paper, the "Michigan Daily". There he wrote his first play "No Villain".
Then in 1938, Arthur joined the Federal Theater Project in order to get a job in the theater. In 1940, his first Brodway play "The Man Who Had All the Luck" was produced and exhibited in New Jersey. Also in 1947, Miller wrote a play "All My Sons", which became a Broadway success. That play established him as a well-known playwright.
In 1948, Arthur constructed a small studio in Connecticut. He started writing "Death of a Salesman" there and finished it in a few weeks. That play premiered on Broadway on February 10, 1949 at the Morosco Theatre and was performed 742 times.
Miller`s play "The Crucible", 1953, was based on the witchcraft trials in Salem city in 1692-1993, a series of persecutions that he considered an echo of the McCarthyism of his day, when investigations of alleged subversive activities were widespread.
Arthur wrote a play "A View from the Bridge", 1956 which was also performed on the Broadway. It was a verse-drama by Miller and it opened along with one of his other plays called "A Memory of Two Mondays".
Arthur began work on writing the screenplay for "The Misfits" in 1960, directed by John Huston and starring his second wife, Marilyn Monroe. It was released in 1961.
In 1964, his play "After the Fall" was produced and is said to be a deeply personal view of Miller's experiences during his marriage to Monroe. The play was opened on January 23, 1964 at the ANTA Theatre in Washington Square Park.
Then in 1969, Miller's works were banned in the Soviet Union after he campaigned for the freedom of dissident writers. Throughout the 1970s, he spent much of his time experimenting with the theatre and wrote such plays as "Fame and The Reason Why", "In The Country and Chinese Encounters", "The Creation of the World and Other Business" and its musical adaptation "Up from Paradise". In addition, in 1978, he published a collection of his "Theater Essays" on which he himself gave a commentary and the collection of his work was edited by Robert A. Martin.
In 1983, Miller traveled to China to produce and direct "Death of a Salesman" at the People's Art Theatre in Beijing. His autobiography "Timebends" was published in 1987.
During the early-mid 1990s, Arthur wrote three new plays "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan", 1991, "The Last Yankee", 1992 and "Broken Glass", 1994. Also his play "Death of a Salesman" was revived on Broadway in 1999 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.
Miller's final play "Finishing the Picture" opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in autumn 2004.
(Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run seri...)2016
(The definitive memoir of Arthur Miller the famous playwri...)2013
(Joe Keller and Steve Deever, partners in a machine shop d...)2000
(Soft and warm, Jane's blanket had always been there to co...)2015
(Winner of the 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play...)2009
(“Miller takes his rightful place in The Library of Americ...)2006
('For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don'...)2016
Miller believed that a play should embody a delicate balance between the individual and society, between the singular personality and the polity and between the separate and collective elements of life.
"Everything we are is at every moment alive in us."
"Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value."
"Betrayal is the only truth that sticks."
"The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always."
"The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity."
"The very impulse to write springs from an inner chaos crying for order - for meaning."
"A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse."
"Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice in the middle of July."
"All organisation is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition just as two objects cannot occupy the same space."
Miller was a president of PEN International from 1965 to 1969.
In 1940, Arthur Miller married Mary Grace Slattery and they had two children, Jane and Robert. Sixteen years later he divorced with his first wife and married Marilyn Monroe. In 1961, Miller and Monroe divorced. Then in February 1962, Arthur married Inge Morath. They remained together until her death in 2002. They have a son, Daniel and a daughter, Rebecca.
In 2004, Miller came out public with his love affair with a 34 year old painter Agnes Barley. He was 89 at the time. They intended to get married but couldn't as their relationship was opposed by his daughter.