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Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman/The Crucible

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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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Arthur Miller was one of the most important American playwrights and political and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Both Death of a Salesman and The Crucible stand out as his major works: the former is always in...

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Arthur Miller was one of the most important American playwrights and political and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Both Death of a Salesman and The Crucible stand out as his major works: the former is always in performance somewhere in the world and the latter is Miller's most produced play.
As major modern American dramas, they are the subject of a huge amount of criticism which can be daunting for students approaching the plays for the first time. This Reader's Guide introduces the major critical debates surrounding the plays and discusses their unique production histories, initial theatre reviews and later adaptations. The main trends of critical inquiry and scholars who have purported them are examined, as are the views of Miller himself, a prolific self-critic.

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Introduction
1. 1949-69: Reviews and Early Criticism
2. 1949-79: Society and Tragedy
3. The 1980s: Salesman: Salesmanship, Psychology, Ethnicity
4. The 1980s: Crucible: History, Politics, Law
5. The 1990s: New Readings
6. The 1990s: Feminism and Gender
7. Beyond 2000: Critical Trends
8. 1950-2000: Film and TV versions
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

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Stephen Marino is Adjunct Professor of English at St Francis College, USA. He is the founding editor of The Arthur Miller Journal and chaired the Arthur Miller Centennial Conference in 2015.

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Stephen Marino is Adjunct Professor of English at St Francis College, USA. He is the founding editor of The Arthur Miller Journal and chaired the Arthur Miller Centennial Conference in 2015.

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