Arthur Miller biography

Arthur Miller

Playwright, Author

1915 – 2005

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Who was Arthur Miller?

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge, as well as the film The Misfits.

Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe. In 2002 he received the Prince of Asturias Award and in 2003 the Jerusalem Prize.

Famous Quotes:

  • The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.
  • A playwright is the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.
  • Nobody dast blame this man. For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back -- that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.
  • Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
  • I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.
  • Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
  • That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?
  • A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.
  • 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.
  • In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.

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Born
Oct 17, 1915
Harlem
Also known as
  • Arthur Asher Miller
  • Arthur Aster Miller
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Polish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Michigan
    ( - 1938)
  • Abraham Lincoln High School
    ( - 1932)
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Feb 10, 2005
Roxbury

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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