Timebends: A Life

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The definitive memoir of Arthur Miller—the famous playwright of The Crucible, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and other plays—Timebends reveals Miller’s incredible trajectory as a man and a writer.

Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, developed leftist political convictions during the Great Depression, achieved moral victory against McCarthyism in the 1950s, and became president of PEN International near the end of his life, ...

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The definitive memoir of Arthur Miller—the famous playwright of The Crucible, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and other plays—Timebends reveals Miller’s incredible trajectory as a man and a writer.

Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, developed leftist political convictions during the Great Depression, achieved moral victory against McCarthyism in the 1950s, and became president of PEN International near the end of his life, fighting for writers’ freedom of expression. Along the way, his prolific output established him as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century—he wrote twenty-two plays, various screenplays, short stories, and essays, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesmanand the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 for All My Sons. Miller also wrote the screenplay for The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe’s final film.

This memoir also reveals the incredible host of notables that populated his life, including Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Leaving behind a formidable reputation in the worlds of theater, cinema, and politics, Arthur Miller died in 2005 but his memoir continues his legacy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
America's most famous living playwright (All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, Incident at Vichy, etc.) here does with his life story what nature does with rock strata, folding it back on itself to achieve the effects of many-layered richness and simultaneity that he aims for in his plays. It's a life as remarkable for its commitment as its achievement. Growing up on the edge of Harlem in the '20s and '30s, the son of a successful but semiliterate coat manufacturer, Miller discovered both his vocation and his leftist political convictions during the Depression and the rise of fascism. He achieved a moral victory against McCarthyism in the '50s; and it was under his presidency that PEN went from an ineffectual literary club to a real force for international freedom of expression. While covering these events, Miller traces the genesis of his plays in his life experience, provides vivid portraits of a host of notables in the worlds of theater, cinema and politics, including Elia Kazan, Lee and Paula Strasberg, John Huston, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy and Mikhail Gorbachev, and a detailed, deeply touching one of his second wife, Marilyn Monroe, who finally slipped from his reach. Tough, compassionate, bristling with intelligence and profound reflections on the dramas of life and stage, this is one of the memorable autobiographies of our time. Photos. BOMC selection. (November 16)
Library Journal
Renowned playwright Miller has at last written his autobiography in this dense, thoughtful, beautifully written book. With sharp characterizations and vivid imagery, Miller brings his Brooklyn childhood to life. His early struggles and successes in the theater are all here, as well as his skirmishes with the House Un-American Activities Committee and, of course, his much-publicized marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Miller delves deep inside his relationship with Monroe to analyze and intellectualize the problems of their marriage. He sees her as the quintessential orphan, whom no amount of reassurance could make secure. A fascinating, important book for most libraries. Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
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With 22 plays and screenplays and several collections of nonfiction under his belt, Arthur Miller is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Now, for the fist time, is the life story of Miller from his boyhood in Brooklyn to his success as a playwright with such works as "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible." Timebends allows the reader to delve deeper into the soul of a man whose life has been enriched by encounters with a remarkable range of personalities and who has always embodied himself with the utmost integrity and commitment. Read by the author. Approximate running time: 3 hours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802146144
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 375,994
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.71 (d)

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Lives on stage

    As a young man, Arthur Miller would mimic those around him. The walk, the talk, and even how men passed gas. He was self conscious of his big ears of which his uncle would yell out for him to pull them in when he passed through a tunnel.
    The cast of character in the world that grew up in became handy and he wrote his plays. He secret for great plays were "great drama is great questions or it is nothing but technique." When his play Death of Salesman first ran, no one applaud, some cried other saw their dad in it.
    This autobiography shares the vulnerable raw side of Miller. He delves into his relationship with Marilyn Monroe of which he commented to her the first time he spoke to her intimately "You're the saddest girl I've ever known." Of which she replied "Nobody ever said that to me!"
    The book has its ups and downs as Miller experiences successes and loses. This book Timebends: A Life is a perfect means to get inside a writer's mind, a man who created many timeless plays on the human condition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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