Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock. He has also written two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. His most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Gr 10 Up‘This collection of 13 critical essays, averaging 12 pages in length and dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, is meant to represent the "best current criticism on the most widely read [literature] of the Western world." Addressing both positive and negative aspects of The Crucible, the articles deal with such topics as the language, character analysis, feminist perspectives, and the play as a courtroom drama. A chronology of Miller's life, notes on the contributors, and a comprehensive index round out the volume. Because the articles are not duplicated in the "Contemporary Literary Criticism" series (Gale), Bloom's book will be useful as a circulating companion to that reference resource.‘Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY