Arthur Miller: 1962-2005

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Arthur Miller: 1962-2005

Format:  Hardcover,

589 pages

Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780472118175

ISBN-10: 047211817X

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Christopher Bigsby's masterful two-volume biography of Arthur Miller sheds new light on one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed literary figures. Plays such as Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and The Crucible brought Miller an international following, and events such as his refusal to provide information to the House Un-American Activities Committee and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe kept him in the public eye. The second half of his life, the focus of this volume, proved no less fascinating. In 1962, Monroe died, and he married photographer Inge Morath, a relationship that transformed him as a writer and as a person. His activism in support of political and social causes only increased during the period, including criticism of U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam and contemporary conflicts in the Middle East. In this period of his life, he also became renowned for his work in support of dissident writers in Russia, Czechoslovakia, China, and elsewhere.

The second volume of this magisterial biography offers a compelling narrative of a singular American life, a life story enriched by the biographer's uncommon access to Miller and his unpublished papers while researching this book. The result is an authoritative biography that provides illuminating detail and invaluable insights into the Miller the artist and Miller the man.

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Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780472118175
ISBN-10: 047211817X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 589
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.75
Walmart No.: 9780472118175

Chapter outline

Prefacep. ix
New Beginningsp. 1
PENp. 79
Vietnamp. 107
Danielp. 130
1968p. 140
Czechoslovakia and Cambodiap. 194
The Oblong Blurp. 217
Peter Reillyp. 235
The Archbishops Ceiling to The American Clockp. 254
Salesman Reduxp. 303
The Ride down Mount Morgan to Broken Glassp. 378
Endingsp. 438
Notesp. 521
Bibliographyp. 547
[Works by Arthur Miller]p. 555
Acknowledgementsp. 558
Indexp. 559
Illustrations followingp. 234

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-04-15)

Bigsby (director, Arthur Miller Ctr., Univ. of East Anglia), who has introduced and edited many editions of Miller's plays, was a student and longtime friend of Miller and acquired-by gift from Miller himself-boxes of the author's personal papers shortly before Miller's death in 2005. Access to these papers, along with the long personal relationship, made possible this mult i perspective masterpiece, which surpasses all other Miller biographies, including his autobiography, Timebends.

Bigsby gives the reader an intense and personal look at Miller's life, from his birth in 1915 to moderately affluent Jewish American parents and his college years working at a newspaper to his intense attraction and eventual marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Everything is here, from the mundane to the revelatory. This detailed look at his life reveals his shared experiences as the basis for his sympathies for the common man. Recommended for all university and public libraries.

-Mark Alan Williams, Library of Congress

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Christopher Bigsby's masterful two-volume biography of Arthur Miller sheds new light on one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed literary figures. Plays such as Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and The Crucible brought Miller an international following, and events such as his refusal to provide information to the House Un-American Activities Committee and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe kept him in the public eye. The second half of his life, the focus of this volume, proved no less fascinating.

In 1962, Monroe died, and he married photographer Inge Morath, a relationship that transformed him as a writer and as a person. His activism in support of political and social causes only increased during the period, including criticism of U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam and contemporary conflicts in the Middle East. In this period of his life, he also became renowned for his work in support of dissident writers in Russia, Czechoslovakia, China, and elsewhere.

The second volume of this magisterial biography offers a compelling narrative of a singular American life, a life story enriched by the biographer's uncommon access to Miller and his unpublished papers while researching this book. The result is an authoritative biography that provides illuminating detail and invaluable insights into the Miller the artist and Miller the man.

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