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His plays often castigated against capitalism, ConspicuousConsumption, and religious fanaticism which tended to clamp down on the individual. This is best exemplified in his 1949 [[TonyAwardWinners Tony Award]]- and UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning play ''Death of a Salesman'', about a man who, overshadowed by the excesses of the free market, is DrivenToSuicide. His 1953 play ''The Crucible'', [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory a semi-historical account of the Salem Witch Trials]], was an outright critique of [=McCarthyism=] and [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist the House Un-American Activities Committee]]. Naturally, these themes led to Miller getting an appointment from the committee in 1956. [[note]]Miller was already under suspicion since his passport to visit London had not been approved by the Federal government and it was after Miller applied for a renewal of his passport that he got an official invitation[[/note]] Miller refused to "name names" and was cited in contempt but he successfully appealed against it, and walked out of the hearings.

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His plays often castigated against capitalism, ConspicuousConsumption, and religious fanaticism which tended to clamp down on the individual. This is best exemplified in his 1949 [[TonyAwardWinners [[UsefulNotes/TonyAwardWinners Tony Award]]- and UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning play ''Death of a Salesman'', about a man who, overshadowed by the excesses of the free market, is DrivenToSuicide. His 1953 play ''The Crucible'', [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory a semi-historical account of the Salem Witch Trials]], was an outright critique of [=McCarthyism=] and [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist the House Un-American Activities Committee]]. Naturally, these themes led to Miller getting an appointment from the committee in 1956. [[note]]Miller was already under suspicion since his passport to visit London had not been approved by the Federal government and it was after Miller applied for a renewal of his passport that he got an official invitation[[/note]] Miller refused to "name names" and was cited in contempt but he successfully appealed against it, and walked out of the hearings.


Born in New York to Jewish immigrants, Miller grew up in a lower-middle class family. He studied English in college and by the time he graduated it was at the height of TheGreatDepression (aka the "Red Decade"). Miller found work in the New Deal's Theatre Projects (which in addition to Miller also employed Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/EliaKazan, Aaron Copland and several other key figures in the performing arts). Miller was known for being highly political as a writer and playwright. He was inspired by Creator/HenrikIbsen and it was his goal as a playwright to create a "tragedy for the common man".

His plays often castigated against capitalism, ConspicuousConsumption, and religious fanaticism which tended to clamp down on the individual. This is best exemplified in his 1949 [[TonyAwardWinners Tony Award]]- and UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning play ''Death of a Salesman'', about a man who, overshadowed by the excesses of the free market, is DrivenToSuicide. His 1953 play ''The Crucible'', [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory a semi-historical account of the Salem Witch Trials]], was an outright critique of [=McCarthyism=] and [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist the House Committee of Un-American Activities]]. Naturally, these themes led to Miller getting an appointment from the committee in 1956. [[note]]Miller was already under suspicion since his passport to visit London had not been approved by the Federal government and it was after Miller applied for a renewal of his passport that he got an official invitation[[/note]] Miller refused to "name names" and was cited in contempt but he successfully appealed against it, and walked out of the hearings.

He remained an active playwright until his final years, though critics generally feel that he peaked early in his career. His most famous production was a tour to China where he produced ''Death of a Salesman'' in Peking. He was an enormously influential writer in the second half of the twentieth century, greatly influencing many novelists, playwrights and film-makers. His autobiography ''Timebends'' is also regarded as one of the best memoirs of the twentieth century.

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Born in New York to Jewish immigrants, Miller grew up in a lower-middle class lower-middle-class family. He studied English in college and by the time he graduated it was at the height of TheGreatDepression (aka the "Red Decade"). Miller found work in the New Deal's Theatre Projects (which in addition to Miller also employed Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/EliaKazan, Aaron Copland and several other key figures in the performing arts). Miller was known for being highly political as a writer and playwright. He was inspired by Creator/HenrikIbsen and it was his goal as a playwright to create a "tragedy for the common man".

His plays often castigated against capitalism, ConspicuousConsumption, and religious fanaticism which tended to clamp down on the individual. This is best exemplified in his 1949 [[TonyAwardWinners Tony Award]]- and UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning play ''Death of a Salesman'', about a man who, overshadowed by the excesses of the free market, is DrivenToSuicide. His 1953 play ''The Crucible'', [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory a semi-historical account of the Salem Witch Trials]], was an outright critique of [=McCarthyism=] and [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist the House Committee of Un-American Activities]].Activities Committee]]. Naturally, these themes led to Miller getting an appointment from the committee in 1956. [[note]]Miller was already under suspicion since his passport to visit London had not been approved by the Federal government and it was after Miller applied for a renewal of his passport that he got an official invitation[[/note]] Miller refused to "name names" and was cited in contempt but he successfully appealed against it, and walked out of the hearings.

He remained an active playwright until his final years, though critics generally feel that he peaked early in his career. His most famous production was a tour to China where he produced ''Death of a Salesman'' in Peking. He was an enormously influential writer in the second half of the twentieth century, greatly influencing many novelists, playwrights playwrights, and film-makers. His autobiography ''Timebends'' is also regarded as one of the best memoirs of the twentieth century.
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His daughter Rebecca is a writer and filmmaker in her own right (she made a documentary on her father called ''Arthur Miller: Writer'' in 2017). She's married to Creator/DanielDayLewis, who starred in (and had [[RomanceOnTheSet met on the set]] of) the 1996 film adaptation of ''The Crucible''.



* GiveGeeksAChance: His marriage to Marilyn actually helped codify this in popular culture and other places. He was a plain-faced, though personally charismatic and charming, 40s+ Bookworm, and she was Hollywood's most gorgeous movie-star. Yet they got hitched. A lot of writers and authors writing similar stories cited Miller-Monroe as a warrant for making what seemed like a nerd fantasy believable.
* HumansAreFlawed: His characters are not horrible people but they will often have a deep insecurity or flaw.

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* GiveGeeksAChance: His marriage to Marilyn actually helped codify this in popular culture and other places. He was a plain-faced, though personally charismatic and charming, 40s+ Bookworm, and she was Hollywood's most gorgeous movie-star.movie star. Yet they got hitched. A lot of writers and authors writing similar stories cited Miller-Monroe as a warrant for making what seemed like a nerd fantasy believable.
* HumansAreFlawed: His characters are not horrible people but they will often have a deep insecurity or a flaw.



** John Procter in ''The Crucible'' is hung to death after he refuses to give his name away.

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** John Procter in ''The Crucible'' is hung to death hanged after he refuses to give his name away.


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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would die in the following year. His final play, ''Theatre/FinishingThePicture'', was about the making of ''The Misfits'' from his perspective.

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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would die in the following year. His final play, ''Theatre/FinishingThePicture'', was about the making of ''The Misfits'' from his perspective.

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* GiveGeeksAChance: His marriage to Marilyn actually helped codify this in popular culture and other places. He was a plain-faced, though personally charismatic and charming, 40s+ Bookworm, and she was Hollywood's most gorgeous movie-star. Yet they got hitched. A lot of writers and authors writing similar stories cited Miller-Monroe as a warrant for making what seemed like a nerd fantasy believable.


* GoodNameForARockBand: If for nothing else, ''All My Sons'' was immortalized by the line, "He murdered [[Music/TwentyOnePilots twenty-one pilots."

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* GoodNameForARockBand: If for nothing else, ''All My Sons'' was immortalized by the line, "He murdered [[Music/TwentyOnePilots twenty-one pilots.pilots]]."

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* GoodNameForARockBand: If for nothing else, ''All My Sons'' was immortalized by the line, "He murdered [[Music/TwentyOnePilots twenty-one pilots."


* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Wrote ''Finishing the Picture'' with thinly veiled versions of himself, Marilyn Monroe, John Huston, Frank Taylor, and Lee and Paula Strasberg.



** Willy Loman commits suicide to give his son Biff the insurance money.

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** Eddie in ''A View from the Bridge'' is stabbed to death by his daughter's love interest's brother after trying to deport him.
** Willy Loman commits suicide to give his son Biff the insurance money.money.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Wrote ''Finishing the Picture'' with thinly veiled versions of himself, Marilyn Monroe, John Huston, Frank Taylor, and Lee and Paula Strasberg.


Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would die in the following year.

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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would die in the following year. His final play, ''Theatre/FinishingThePicture'', was about the making of ''The Misfits'' from his perspective.


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* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Wrote ''Finishing the Picture'' with thinly veiled versions of himself, Marilyn Monroe, John Huston, Frank Taylor, and Lee and Paula Strasberg.

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* ''Theatre/AllMySons''


* CentralTheme: The deep essence of man, deceit, suicide, the importance of one's name, and the issues of United States based societies.

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* CentralTheme: The deep essence of man, deceit, suicide, the importance of one's name, and the issues of United States based societies. They center around an All Around American Family, their social responsibility, as well as life, death, and the human purpose.


* CentralTheme: The deep essence of man and the issues of United States based societies.

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* CentralTheme: The deep essence of man man, deceit, suicide, the importance of one's name, and the issues of United States based societies.


* TheHeroDies

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* TheHeroDiesTheHeroDies
** John Procter in ''The Crucible'' is hung to death after he refuses to give his name away.
** Willy Loman commits suicide to give his son Biff the insurance money.



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* CentralTheme: The deep essence of man and the issues of United States based societies.


* HumansAreFlawed

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* HumansAreFlawedHumansAreFlawed: His characters are not horrible people but they will often have a deep insecurity or flaw.


Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would in the following year.

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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) is considered, alongside Creator/EugeneONeill and Creator/TennesseeWilliams, America's greatest playwright. His play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is generally considered one of the finest dramatic works of the twentieth century. He is also known for his other works such as ''All My Sons'', ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge'', and ''After the Fall'', as well as the screenplay for ''Film/TheMisfits''. Among the general public, Miller is overshadowed by his second marriage to Creator/MarilynMonroe, who acted in ''The Misfits'' and who is also the subject of ''After the Fall''. They divorced in 1961 and she would die in the following year.

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