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Great American playwright and screenwriter.
Miller decided to become a writer after reading Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov . To study journalism he entered the University of Michigan in 1934, where he won awards for playwriting - one of the other awarded playwright was Tennessee Williams. After graduating in 1938, Miller returned to his native New York and joined the Federal Theatre Project where he wrote scripts for radio programs, such as Columbia Workshop (CBS) and Cavalcade of America (NBC). His breakthrough came with his 1947 play All My Sons, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle award.
Death of a Salesman (1949) brought Miller international fame, and become one of the major achievements of modern American theatre.
In the 1950s Miller was subjected to a scrutiny by a committee of the United States Congress investigating Communist influence in the arts. This led to The Crucible (1953), which, though based on the Salem witch trials of 1692, was an allegory for the McCarthy era and mass hysteria.
A View From The Bridge followed in 1955.
In 1956 Miller married Marilyn Monroe in 1956 (they divorced in 1961) In the late 1950s Miller wrote nothing for the theatre. His screenplay Misfits was written with a role for his wife. The film was directed by John Huston, and also starred Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable.
Miller returned to stage in 1964 after a nine-year absence with the play After The Fall, a strongly autobiographical work, with a self-destructive central character probably modelled on Monroe, though Miller denied this.
This is a very fine paperback copy of Miller's 1984 book of plays, Two-Way Mirror (Methuen), boldly signed in blue ink to the first title page. Condition is excellent.