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The Man Who Had All the Luck
     

The Man Who Had All the Luck

by Arthur Miller, Christopher W. E. Bigsby (Introduction)
 

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A new Penguin Plays edition of the forgotten classic that launched the career of one of America’s greatest playwrights
 
It took more than fifty years for The Man Who Had All the Luck to be appreciated for what it truly is: the first stirrings of a genius that would go on to blossom in such masterpieces as Death of a Salesman

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A new Penguin Plays edition of the forgotten classic that launched the career of one of America’s greatest playwrights
 
It took more than fifty years for The Man Who Had All the Luck to be appreciated for what it truly is: the first stirrings of a genius that would go on to blossom in such masterpieces as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. This striking new edition finally adds Miller’s first major play to the Penguin Plays series—now in beautifully redesigned covers.
 
Infused with the moral malaise of the Depression era, this parable-like drama centers on David Beeves, a man before whom every obstacle to personal and professional success seems to crumble with ease. But his good fortune merely serves to reveal the tragedies of those around him in greater relief, offering what David believes to be evidence of a capricious god or, worse, a godless, arbitrary universe. David’s journey toward fulfillment becomes a nightmare of existential doubts, a desperate grasp for reason in a cosmos seemingly devoid of any, and a struggle that will take him to the brink of madness.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Miller's play tanked when hitting the stage in 1944 and has never been listed among his great works. Yet it has the early earmarks of his later triumphs and was a step toward his career as a great dramatist. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142437865
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/25/2004
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
660,046
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His remarkable creative output includes plays, fiction, memoir, and screenplays. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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