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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141189967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141189963
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. During his lifetime he was celebrated as the pre-eminent playwright of his generation and won numerous awards for his work including two New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. His 1949 play Death of a Salesman was the first play to scoop all three major US awards: the New York Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award for Best Author and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His many plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, and The American Clock; later plays include Broken Glass, Resurrection Blues and the aptly-titled Finishing the Picture. His other published work includes the novel Focus, The Misfits which was filmed in 1960, two collections of short stories, the memoir Timebends and various volumes of non-fiction including three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath.

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"[In Arthur Miller's plays] we find the true compassion and catharsis that are as essential to our society as water and fire and babies and air. . . . Miller awakened in me the taste for all that must be-the empathy and love for the least of us, out of which bursts a gratitude for the poetry of his characters and the greatness of their creator." -Philip Seymour Hoffman, from the Foreword

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American dramatist Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915. In 1938 Miller won awards for his comedy The Grass Still Grows. His major achievement was Death of a Salesman, which won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 1949 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. The Crucible was aimed at the widespread congressional investigation of subversive activities in the US; the drama won the 1953 Tony Award. Miller's autobiography, Timebends: A Life was published in 1987.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cordner on 3 Feb. 2011
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Having wached Arthur Miller's plays on stage and on screen I did not expect reading a text to possess the same engaging intensity. A View from the Bridge, at least, certainly exceeds expectations. From outset, the tension between the principal characters is steadily ratcheted up, culminating in the dramatic climax. Miller claims in the introduction he overhead the story, that it is based on real circumstances. It is not difficult to believe, and the reader is confronted, as is often the case with Miller, with asking what they might do in a similar situation? It is hard not to feel empathy for Miller's characters, even if we do not admire them, a reflection of self-criticism perhaps, and also an awareness of the feebleness of mankind. If Miller overheard it, then we all overhear stories. His talent is to render it readable, intense, charged with emotion, and beautifully crafted. An example of the last is the relationship between Eddie and his wife, in which each others' hidden thoughts are known to the other, but outwardly denied for the sake of the marriage. The predictable outcome of the play is no less powerful for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Russell on 12 Mar. 2013
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I bought the book to help my daughter study the play as part of her GCSE. Arthur Miller's short play is about the conflicts of law and justice and the importance of the Code of Honour amongst Sicilian immigrants in the US - a modern Greek Tragedy it focuses on the self-destruction of the protagonist due to his incestuous love of his niece and jealousy of her lover, one of his wife's cousins. It is well written and Miller uses a lot of stage direction to bring the character's emotions to life and to illustrate how they change throughout the play through to its tragic end.
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By eliza on 26 Jun. 2014
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Excellent text - clear font and paper and excellent value for money. Miller's play itself is inspiring and gives lots for young learners to draw and learn from, particularly when learning alongside the historic Greek tragedy. Personally feel there is much more positivity can be drawn from this play in contrast to say Miller's 'Death of a Salesman'.
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This is an excellent play - complicated characters and so well told. Needs strong performances to do it justice so not for the novice society.
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Wonderful to read a play that I have seen a number of times. Reading it allows one to really look at the skill with which Miller slowly, inexorably, leads to the tragedy at the end. To see the steps by which the reader/viewer is drawn in, in horror, as it reaches the inevitable conclusion. A slow motion disaster.
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By Sumrina on 1 Jun. 2014
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Gripping play! Couldn't put it down! A great text to read for leisure or to study for English literature exams.
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Glad this play was used for my gcse English literature very enjoyable easy to read and easy to understand very good!!
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By Victoria Boateng on 8 Oct. 2013
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Amazing read with tension threw out the book and a lot of sad parts to, over all great read, brilliant
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