The American Clock

The American Clock

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by Arthur Miller
     
 

A bold, vibrant panorama of the Great Depression by “the moral voice of the American stage” (The New York Times)
 
Capturing a cross-section of American life in the throes of the Great Depression, The American Clock presents what Miller called “a mural for theatre,” based loosely on Stud’s Terkel’s…  See more details below

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A bold, vibrant panorama of the Great Depression by “the moral voice of the American stage” (The New York Times)
 
Capturing a cross-section of American life in the throes of the Great Depression, The American Clock presents what Miller called “a mural for theatre,” based loosely on Stud’s Terkel’s oral history, Hard Times. It is the story of a single family, Moe and Rose Baum and their son Lee, who lost everything in the crash of ’29. When Lee leaves Brooklyn and travels west in search of work, he comes face to face with the true scope of the Depression’s devastation and encounters a tapestry of interlocked stories unfolding across a nation in crisis. In a series of vignettes, a vast ensemble of characters sets the Baums’ struggles in relief: a shoeshine man, a corporate tycoon, a dispossessed farmer, a struggling prostitute, a young songwriter, and a communist comic-strip artist, among many disparate American identities. All the while, the clock ticks towards a new era in history, and time is running out for the Baums and the America they know.

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Editorial Reviews

Variety
It's warm, funny, interesting...
NY Times
After far too long an interlude, Arthur Miller is back in touch with his best subject, the failure of the American dream, and back on top of his talent.
NY Post
...the same kind of intimate, inner-voice writing that made DEATH OF A SALESMAN a masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101992005
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/2015
Series:
Penguin Plays
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
445 KB

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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