The Crucible Hardcover – 22 Apr 1992
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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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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.
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!
genuinly a frightening read.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this play. All the notes, annotations and commentary is brilliant for any students doing this for GCSE or ALevel, it really helped me:)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer