The Cambridge companion to Arthur Miller /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Bigsby, C. W. E.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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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

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