Critical Companion to Arthur Miller: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

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Arthur Miller died in 2005, but his reputation as one of America's greatest and most influential playwrights is secure. In addition to The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, which are two of the world's best-known and most-performed dramas, Miller's legacy includes numerous other plays, screenplays, fiction, short stories, poetry, essays, and critical pieces. Critical Companion to Arthur Miller explores the playwright's major and minor works, as well as his turbulent personal and professional life.

Coverage includes: A concise but thorough biography of Miller, Synopses and critical assessments of Miller's plays, short stories, essays, and screenplays, as well as character portraits, Profiles of friends, family, and contemporaries, including Elia Kazan and Marilyn Monroe, and historical and thematic information crucial to understanding Miller's works, Analyses of the culture, times, and places in which Miller lived and wrote. Additional features include extensive cross-references, information on film adaptations, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, a chronology of Miller's works, and more. Critical Companion to Arthur Miller is an invaluable resource both for readers familiar with Miller and for those discovering him for the first time.

About the Author:
Susan C. W. Abbotson teaches literature at Rhode Island College

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Purporting to provide a "reference guide to Miller's life and works for both classroom and individual use," this 18th title in the "Critical Companion" series is divided into four parts: "Biography," "Works," "Related Entries," and "Appendixes." Abbotson (literature, Rhode Island Coll.; Student Companion to Arthur Miller) addresses biographical information in a 22-page essay; the approximately 375 dictionary-style entries in Parts 2 ("Works") and 3 ("Related Entries") range in length from two paragraphs (e.g., "University of East Anglia") to 15 pages (e.g., "After the Fall (1964)"). The individual title entries in Part 2 provide a synopsis of the work, critical commentary and discussion of initial reviews, cast information on the play's first performance, and character identification. Entries in Part 3 cover genre (e.g., absurdism), concepts (e.g., anti-Semitism), and people, places, and things (e.g., Michigan Daily). Approximately half of the entries in Parts 2 and 3 contain a short bibliography of suggested readings. The appendixes comprise three bibliographies (selected works, interviews with the playwright, and secondary resources), a chronology, and the index. Cross-references appear within the text but not in the index, and a few black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Despite Miller's having died in 2005, the chronology extends through 2007 to account for relevant posthumous events (e.g., the inaugural production of Playing for Time) and publications.
—Laurie Selwyn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816061945
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Critical Companion Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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