Arthur Asher Miller

Biography by Joshua White

Personal Life

Born in Harlem, New York on October 17, 1915.

Died February 10, 2005 in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 89.

Married three times, Marilyn Monroe as second wife, and had four children.

Career

Famous play writer. Famous works include The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons and A View from the Bridge.


Extremely successful in that he achieved many awards including multiple Tony Awards and the J.F.K. award for Lifetime Achievement.


Controversy

Arthur was a prime target for the Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In an age of anti-communism and McCarthyism. However this is quite amusing because in fact, Russia banned all of Millers Plays.


The Crucible was an insightful criticism of social and political paranoia set during the Salem Witch Trials which is identical to McCarthy hunting down communists accusing Miller, indirectly similar to the "witch hunt" in the Salem Trials.


Miller was summoned before the HUAC, accused to be a communist, and blacklisted by the Federal Government.


Miller was charged with contempt of Congress, however, the conviction was overturned.


Key Notes

Famous play writer.



Accused to be communistic.


Blacklisted by Federal Government.


The Crucible indirectly relates to McCarthyism.


Married Marilyn Monroe.

Works Cited

"Arthur Miller Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 14 Nov.

2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-miller-9408335>


"Arthur Miller - Biography." About.com Plays / Drama. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.


PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.