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The Crucible Hardcover – 22 Apr 1992

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (22 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435232819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435232818
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arthur Miller, born in New York City, has been a prominent and influential playwright for the last half-century. His works include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and All My Sons. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and in 1949 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Christopher Bigsby is professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 23 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This book, set during Salem in 1692, mirrors the McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950's. Whereas then communists were rooted out, in Salem, it's witches. Hysteria grips the town, and Miller portrays this perfectly, and explores a frightening realism of the human mind. Feuds from long ago come back into light, and no-one is safe, not even from their children. This is an incredible play, and is firmly regarded as one of the best plays ever written.
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This book has no great action scenes yet is probably one of the most powerful plays ever written. The characters face tragedy and are forced to either conform, or stand up for what they believe is right, in a time when people feared what was different and used religion and politics as a tool to manipulate others. Miller manages to show that people, after nearly 500 years are still battling the same evils, whether its witches in the 1600's, Nazi Germany, the McCarthy trials (which Miller himself was subjected to) or Afghanistan today.
This book particularly was great with it's plot summary and wider reading list it's helpful for anyone writing essays on The Crucible. I really recommend this for anyone who has a passion for reading.
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By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2000
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Miller's title is appropriate for the play. He creates an atmosphere and mood in the play that is significant to the time that the Salem witch hunt took place and of the Puritan culture. Miller successfully captures the religious fanaticism of the period and adds it effectively to the play. I would recommend this play to everyone. It is very different to miller's other plays. It is superb from beginning to end.
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I studied this play for my GCSE english course (as did many of the reviewers!) and .. I was impressed! It is hard to really appreciate literature when you are spoon fed every 'intent' and 'meaning' behind everyline. It's hard to finish and book that you've slowed disected along with 24 other studends and think 'wow'. But Miller managed it.

Incredibly quotable - I don't have a copy any more(!) but I can still remember some beautiful lines. One was already quoted by another reviewer!

Here are a couple of longer ones I found on a website:

'A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud - God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!'

'Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretenses ripped away.'

'You bring down heaven and raise up a whore! '

Also interesting, are the passages aside from the script, written by Arthur Miller to embellish the depth of the play. It works on many levels - An (admittedly inaccurate) historical account of the Salem witch trials; a reflection of the anti-communist 'witch hunts' of the McCarthy era which Miller was himself caught up in; and all at once it is also a glimpse at the nature of humanity and a struggle between good and evil, imagined and real, and the choices that people have to make.

I've also seen the film, which I think was very good, right up until the end, where the final scene (added to the end of the play) was (in my opinion) an embarassing mis-interpretation of the whole meaning!
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Excellent Read Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history.
genuinly a frightening read.
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Arthur Miller's acclaimed Seventeenth Century dig at the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s is occasionally dour but always fascinating in terms of themes, characters and relationships.
This edition is designed for schools and GCSE students who are preparing to write coursework or be examined on the play text; it therefore has useful notes and study material at the back. If you want a simple paperback copy of the play then buy the 'Twentieth Century Classics' from Amazon instead as it's considerably cheaper.
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Better than anybody elses in the class as it has a notes section which helps when you are reviewing and trying to understand the underlining meanings - really helpful for writing the essay/report afterwards
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By G. Stephens VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2005
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This is by far one of my favourite plays ever- the characters are all amazing, written in true Miller style. The play is set in Salem, Massachusets in the 17th Century- paralleling the real witch hunt which happened in the strict puritan village with the McCarthy trials of America's Red Scare during the Cold War. I personally think of Miller as a genius and this play is perfect both on the stage (if performed well) as it is on the page. The language is simply beautiful.
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