Arthur Miller: American Witness

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Arthur Miller: American Witness
A great theater critic brings twentieth-century playwright Arthur Miller's dramatic story to life with bold and revealing new insights

"Lahr's cogent analyses are revelatory. . . . He does not reduce the work to the life, but shows how it explains the life from which it emerges."--Willard Spiegelman, Wall Street Journal

"New Yorker critic Lahr shines in this searching account of the life of playwright Arthur Miller. . . . It's a great introduction to a giant of American letters."--Publishers Weekly

Distinguished theater critic John Lahr brings unique perspective to the life of Arthur Miller (1915-2005), the playwright who almost single-handedly propelled twentieth-century American theater to a new level of cultural sophistication. Organized around the fault lines of Miller's life--his family, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism, Elia Kazan and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Marilyn Monroe, Vietnam, and the rise and fall of Miller's role as a public intellectual--this book demonstrates the synergy between Arthur Miller's psychology and his plays.

Concentrating largely on Miller's most prolific decades of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Lahr probes Miller's early playwriting failures; his work writing radio plays during World War II after being rejected for military service; his only novel, Focus; and his succession of award-winning and canonical plays that include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible, providing an original interpretation of Miller's work and his personality.

Publication Date: 
November 1, 2022