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Arthur Miller


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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), and A View from the Bridge (one-act, 1955; revised two-act, 1956).
Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late ... more »

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  • By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, a...
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Collected Plays, introduction, sct. 7 (1958).
  • My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankin...
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Collected Plays, sect. 2, introduction (1958).
  • ''All my energy and attention were devoted to trying to help her solve her problems. Unfortunately I didn't have much success.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Aug. 5, 1992).
  • ''A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Linda, in Death of a Salesman, act 1 (1949). Referring to her husband Willy Loman.
  • ''He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Linda, in Death of a Salesman, act 1. Of her husband Willy Loman.
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