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The tragedy of Loman the all--American dreamer and loser--works eternally, on the page as on the stage. A lot of plays made history around 1949, but none have stepped out of history into the classic canon as Salesman has. Great as it was, Tennessee Williams' work can't be revived as vividly as this play still is, all over the world. (This edition has edifying pictures of Lee J. Cobb's 1949 and Brian Dennehy's 1999 performances.) It connects Aristotle, The Great Gatsby, On the Waterfront, David Mamet, and the archetypal American movie antihero. It even transcends its author's tragic flaw of pious preachiness (which undoes his snoozy The Crucible, unfortunately his most-produced play).
No doubt you've seen Willy Loman's story at least once. It's still worth reading.--Tim Appelo, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have been in sales most of my working life and I can relate so much to this play / story. Selling is all about the incentives – a fast track to the top and big bucks if you're... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thespionic
We had to read this play in class, but I question whether that was a good choice as an example of American literature. It is needlessly difficult to understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by arbiter
Throughout this book women are presented as lower than men. Death of a Salesman is set in a patriarchal society and slates women throughout the book.Published 5 months ago by DAWN