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Arthur Miller is one of the most important and enduring playwrights of the last fifty years. This new edition of The Theater Essays has been expanded by nearly fifty percent to include his most significant articles and interviews since the book's initial publication in 1978. Within these pages Miller discusses the roots of modern drama, the nature tragedy, and the state of contemporary theater; offers illuminating observations on Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, O'Neill, and Williams; probes the different approaches ...
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Overview

Arthur Miller is one of the most important and enduring playwrights of the last fifty years. This new edition of The Theater Essays has been expanded by nearly fifty percent to include his most significant articles and interviews since the book's initial publication in 1978. Within these pages Miller discusses the roots of modern drama, the nature tragedy, and the state of contemporary theater; offers illuminating observations on Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, O'Neill, and Williams; probes the different approaches and attitudes toward theater in Russia, China, and at home; and, of course, provides valuable insights into his own vast dramatic corpus. For this edition the literary chronology and cast and production information have been updated, and an extensive new bibliography has been added. The Theater Essays confirms Arthur Miller's standing as a brilliant, eloquent commentator on drama and culture. No one interested in theater should be without this definitive collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140049039
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1978
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Martin is professor of English at Michigan State University. Steven R. Centola is professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

A Literary Chronology
Introduction to the Original Edition
Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Foreword: Sorting Things Out
Tragedy and the Common Man 3
The Nature of Tragedy 8
The Salesman Has a Birthday 12
Preface to an Adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People 16
Many Writers: Few Plays 22
Journey to The Crucible 27
The American Theater 31
On Social Plays 51
The Family in Modern Drama 69
1956 and All This 86
Introduction to the Collected Plays 113
Brewed in The Crucible 171
The Shadows of the Gods 175
Morality and Modern Drama 195
On Adaptations 215
Introduction to A View from the Bridge (Two-act version) 218
The State of the Theater 223
On Recognition 237
Foreword to After the Fall 255
What Makes Plays Endure? 258
Arthur Miller: An Interview 264
It Could Happen Here - And Did 294
The Contemporary Theater 301
On the Theater in Russia 319
Broadway, From O'Neill to Now 347
Arthur Miller vs. Lincoln Center 354
Arthur Miller on The Crucible 365
The American Writer: The American Theater 368
Salesman in Beijing 384
The Will to Live 396
The Mad Inventor of Modern Drama 414
An Interview with Arthur Miller 419
From Timebends: A Life 436
A Fabulous Appetite for Greatness 455
Again They Drink from the Cup of Suspicion 460
Introduction to The Golden Years of The Man Who Had All the Luck 466
Conditions of Freedom: Two Plays of the Seventies - The Archbishop's Ceiling and The American Clock 472
A Conversation with Arthur Miller 485
Arthur Miller: An Interview 500
Introduction to Plays: Three 509
On Screenwriting and Language: Introduction to Everybody Wins 514
We're Probably in an Art That Is - Not Dying 523
About Theater Language: Afterword to The Last Yankee 526
Ibsen and the Drama of Today 544
Appendix Play Casts and Production Information 553
Bibliography of Works 569
Index to the Original Edition 613
Index to the Expanded Edition 622
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Classic essays on the nature of drama

    These collected essays, first published in such periodicals as The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, or Atlantic Monthly, trace the origins of modern drama in Greek tragedy and comedy. At least four of them should be required reading in any introductory course in British and American literature: The Salesman Has A Birthday; Tragedy And The Common Man; The Nature Of Tragedy; and The Family In Modern Drama. The last of these contains a memorable phrase that furnished the title of the selection of the late U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl's essays, At Home In The World. One brief quotation from Tragedy And The Common Man that seems especially relevant to the present era will suffice: "The Greeks could probe the very heavenly origin of their ways and return to confirm the rightness of laws."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Classic essays on the nature of drama

    These collected essays, first published in such periodicals as The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, or Atlantic Monthly, trace the origins of modern drama in Greek tragedy and comedy. At least four of them should be required reading in any introductory course in British and American literature: The Salesman Has A Birthday; Tragedy And The Common Man; The Nature Of Tragedy; and The Family In Modern Drama. The last of these contains a memorable phrase that furnished the title of the selection of the late U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl's essays, At Home In The World. One brief quotation from Tragedy And The Common Man that seems especially relevant to the present era will suffice: "The Greeks could probe the very heavenly origin of their ways and return to confirm the rightness of laws."

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