Monday, April 20, 2009

Arthur Miller

Still, there is something naive and faintly bizarre about Miller’s much-admired response to the McCarthy period, The Crucible, comparing the communist hunt to the 17th-century witch hunt. As [Elia] Kazan’s wife pointed out, the difference was that there really were communists. It was disgraceful to pursue people for their political views, but it was absurd to suggest that the political views were dreamt up in bouts of mass hysteria, like the accusation of witchcraft. --Philip Hensher, The Good American, The Telegraph, review of Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography (2008) by Christopher Bigsby (via Arts & Letters Daily)

Recommended reading:
by Arthur Miller at Reading Rat

Criticism (articles, essays, reviews):

The Footlight Dinner Theater's weekend production of Death Of A Salesman featured partially rewritten dialogue apparently intended to highlight the restaurant's $11.99 chicken dinner special, sources reported Wednesday. --The Onion, Dinner Theater Play Reworked To Push Chicken Special, August 7, 2008

Arthur Miller's Missing Act, by Suzanna Andrews, Vanity Fair, September 2007

Goodbye (Again), Norma Jean, by Deborah Solomon, New York Times, September 19, 2004

Back to Reality, London Review of Books, March 18, 2004, review by David Edgar of Arthur Miller: A Life by Martin Gottfried

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