'Death of a Salesman' Playwright Arthur Miller Dies

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    'Death of a Salesman' Playwright Arthur Miller Dies

    The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Wrote 'Salesman' in Just Six Weeks

    ROXBURY, Conn. (Feb. 11) - Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in ''Death of a Salesman,'' came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, has died. He was 89.

    Miller, who had been hailed as America's greatest living playwright, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury of heart failure, his assistant, Julia Bolus, said Friday. His family was at his bedside, she said.
     
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    He first got acclaim with "All My Sons" back in '47, but his first released play was an anti-Semitism piece called "Focus" in 1945. He was timeless and will be missed.
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    The Crucible is quite possibly the greatest play ever written. Arthur Miller was a true American craftsman, and he lives on in his work.

    A moment of silence is definitely in order here.
     
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    Arthur Miller truly was a great playwright. It's a shame that there hasn't been anyone good like him in a really long time. Have we had a playwright who has written plays at that level since him?
     
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    wow, this is so sad...arthur miller is one of my favorites.
    RIP.
     
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    I didn't really like Death of a Salesman personally, but I still thought it was clever. RIP.
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    he was a great writer, personally not my style, but i have a lot of respect for him nonetheless, RIP
     
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    Probably my favorite of his plays is the lesser-known less frequently performed "The Price." The first five minutes of the play has no dialog at all, a brave and brilliant device. Maybe now somebody will rerun the TV version with George C. Scott. Not much notable work from Miller in recent years, but still one of the best American playwrights.
     
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    Actually, "Focus" was a novel, and his first produced play was "The Man Who Had All the Luck." It flopped.
     
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    You're right. I stand corrected. "The Man Who Had All the Luck" even came out earlier '44). Thanks,
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    read a couple of his plays, not one of my personal favorites, but still an excellent and talented author.
     
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    "Death of a Salesman" was one of the greatest books that I read. It was a great book with many points still valid today. RIP.
     
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    Reading plays never did anything for me. You need to see them performed, preferably by a well-directed, competent cast. At least two of his plays were filmed for TV, "The Price" (with George C. Scott) and "Death of a Salesman" (with Dustin Hoffman). Both are memorable.
     

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