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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0142437336
ISBN-13: 9780142437339
Sku: 31093045
Publish Date: 3/1/2003
Sales Rank: 4727
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  176
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.
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Set during the Salem witchcraft trials, this play is most famous for its metaphor for McCarthyism--in fact, three years after the play was produced, Miller himself was called before HUAC. In the play, Miller used colonial language to near-poetic effect; the plot involves characters who have to make certain moral choices concerning their communities and their friends. Miller explores the handy scapegoat that an accusation of witchcraft can be: a father can dismiss his daughter's behavior, a landowner can acquire still more land, a serving girl can attract attention to herself, and emotions can be displaced onto other people. Miller fully explores the power of an accusing figure.
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Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller, the son of a coat manufacturer and a schoolteacher, grew up in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. After graduating from high school he worked at an auto supply warehouse. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1938; he also worked as a mouse tender in the university labs, and a night editor for the "Michigan Daily". His plays began winning awards in 1936 and in 1938 he won the Theatre Guild Award; he has also received several New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and has served as president of PEN. In 1940, Miller married Mary Grace Slattery. They had two children, Jane and Robert, but the marriage ended in divorce. In 1956 he married Marilyn Monroe; that same year Miller was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. When he refused to name names, he was held in contempt of Congress, and it wasn't for another two and a half years that his conviction was overturned on a technicality. In 1962, after his marriage to Monroe also ended in divorce, Miller married Ingeborg Morath; they have two children, Rebecca and Daniel. He was honored as the Distinguished Contributor to American Letters by the National Book Foundation in 2001.

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New England Quarterly
"'The Crucible' dramatizes brilliantly the dilemma of an innocent man who must confess falsely if he wants to live and who finally gains the courage to insist on his innocence and hang." - David Levin December 1955

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"'The Crucible' has endured beyond the immediate events of its own time. If it was originally seen as a political allegory, it is presently seen by contemporary audiences almost entirely as a distinguished American play by an equally distinguished American playwright." - Robert A. Martin September 1977

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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