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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

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Author Info

By: Nichole Balandran

   The critically acclaimed author, Arthur Miller, was born on October 17, 1915. He is considered one of the "major dramatists of 20th century American theatre." He was raised first in Harlem sections of Manhattan and later in Brooklyn. Miller discovered his hidden ability as a playwright from his college professor Kenneth Rowe. Once he was taken in by the university and later the Theatre Guild, he won important university awards. This guided Miller to write radio plays, screenplays, articles, stories, and a novel.

   His first achievement was a playwright that came about in 1947, "All My Sons". The play was about a man supplying faulty parts for airplanes and pinning it on his partner after there were many reported crashes. His play "won the New York Critics Circle Award." Miller’s two famous plays, "The Crucible" and "Death of Salesman" are his greater achievements. Miller won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for "Death of Salesman".

   Miller’s continuous writing of plays arrives after college in 1939 as he worked for (WPA) or the Work Projects Administration. This Administration was made along with other organizations during the great depression by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The New Deal was Roosevelt’s way to put Americans back to work. The government would pay song writers, play writers, musicians, artists, anyone to spout out work and they would be paid for it.



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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
-Henry David Thoreau

-Arthur Miller