The Man Who Had All the Luck

The Man Who Had All the Luck

by Arthur Miller

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ISBN-13: 9780143110279
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Penguin Plays Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,261,586
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock (1980). He also wrote two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. His later work included a memoir, Timebends (1987); the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr. Peter's Connections (1999); Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944–2000; and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Miller was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003.

Christopher Bigsby is a professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's The CrucibleDeath of a Salesman, and All My Sons.

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The Man Who Had All the Luck 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PlayFreek More than 1 year ago
This is one of Miller's earliest plays, and as such, carries with it a kind of charm. It may appeal to those with a nostalgia for '30s era Depression home dramas about working class American families. We follow David, a skillful mechanic who hopes to marry his sweetheart, Hester, despite her father's objections. Very quickly, the father, like other obstacles in David's quest for triumph, disappear. On this weak premise, we see David and others in his inner circle marvel at his great luck. Sure, he works hard and has a good heart, but as one of the other characters remarks, there seems to be a "guardian angel" following him. The problem with this idea is that there's nothing for the audience to do. They have nothing to root for. The hero in this story keeps getting what he wants. Worse, his only problem seems to be that he can't find a problem, so he goes looking for it. When the protagonist has to create his own dilemma we're on shaky ground. This play is best read on a rainy Sunday afternoon with no plans except maybe a nap. It serves to show that even a master craftsman like Miller had to start somewhere.