Wednesday, 10 February 2010

On this day...

Colourful American playwright Arthur Miller, died in 2005 at the age of 89. Born the son of an illiterate yet prosperous businessman, Miller and his family suffered greatly at the hands of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, and he was forced to work numerous jobs merely to fund his education. Yet when there, he seized the opportunity and began to write in earnest, authoring reviews, theatre productions and radio plays.

It was widely speculated that Miller, by this time, had become a member of the Communist Party, and such allegations plagued him all his life, no more so than after the publication of allegory 'The Crucible'. Indeed he was found in contempt of Congress on related charges, a trial he attended with then wife Marilyn Monroe. Yet despite the controversies, glamorous marriages and dubious political affiliations, it should be for his works that Miller is best remembered. Undoubtedly one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century, Miller penned such plays as, 'Death of a Salesman', 'A View from the Bridge' and 'All My Sons', winning the Pulitzer Prize whilst doing so.

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