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Arthur Miller was one of the major dramatists of the twentieth century. He is frequently ranked with other great figures of American drama as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee. Although Miller’s eminence as a dramatist is based primarily on four plays he wrote early in his career, he remained active during a more than sixty-year career, earning awards and premiering new plays until his death at age 89.
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Despite the absence of any notable theatrical success since the mid-1960s, Miller remained an important voice in contemporary American drama throughout the remainder of his life. Death of a Salesman and The Crucible are still frequently performed, thereby reaching successive generations of playgoers. And though less compelling, his later works continue to probe and explore the nature of the individual as an innately social, interactive creature. Miller died at the age of 89 of congestive heart failure on the evening of February 10, 2005—the 56th anniversary of the Broadway debut of Death of a Salesman.
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A nine-year break from playwriting followed A View from the Bridge, during which period Miller embarked on his highly publicized marriage to, and subsequent divorce from, the famous movie actress Marilyn Monroe. Before they separated, however, Miller adapted one of his short stories into the screenplay The Misfits (1961) as a vehicle for his wife to demonstrate her acting abilities.
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Miller’s next offering, produced in 1955, consisted of two one-act plays: A Memory of Two Mondays—a semi-autobiographical piece reflecting Miller’s own experiences as a young man working in an auto parts warehouse— and A View from the Bridge, for which the playwright won his third New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He later expanded this play to two acts. Given Miller’s attempts to establish a new, modern form of tragedy, A View from the Bridge is significant in that it exhibits many similarities to classical Greek tragedy.
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It was through the themes in The Crucible that Miller explored and criticized the climate of the early 1950s, in which fear of communism led many national leaders to suspect their fellow Americans of conspiring to overthrow the government. Miller and several of his theater associates became targets for persecution, and in 1957 Miller was himself called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which was charged with investigating suspected threats of subversion and communist propaganda in the United States. Although Miller admitted to the committee that he had attended a meeting of communist writers, he refused to identify anyone he had met there and denied ever having been a member of the Communist Party. As a result, he was found guilty of contempt of Congress. This conviction was later overturned.