Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem

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Penguin, May 1, 1998 - Fiction - 144 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of a salesman’s deferred American dream
Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity—and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.

"By common consent, this is one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater." —Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times

"So simple, central, and terrible that the run of playwrights would neither care nor dare to attempt it." —Time

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This was pure torture. I only finished it because I had to for school. After many years of reading, this is still one of the most depressing books I've read in my life. Read full review

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Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915. His first theatrical success occurred in 1947 with "All My Sons, " which earned him the Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1949, "Death of a Salesman" was given the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Play. "The Crucible" won another Tony Award for Best Play four years later. His other plays include "A View From the Bridge, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, Broken Glass" and "Mr. Peters' Connections." In 2001, he received The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award. Mr. Miller died on Feb. 10, 2005 at the age of 89.

Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia and has published more than twenty-five books covering American theatre, popular culture and British drama, including Modern American Drama, 1945 1990 (Cambridge), and Contemporary American Playwrights (Cambridge). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller and coeditor, with Don Wilmeth, of The Cambridge History of American Theatre. He is also an award-winning novelist and regular radio and television broadcaster.

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