Arthur Asher Miller, 1915 - 2005
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Born: 17 October 1915, New York City
Died: 10 February 2005, Roxbury, Connecticut
Miller, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, attended public school at Manhattan. In his early years the family was quite wealthy, his father's clothing store employed 400, but the business didn't survive the depression, the family moved to Brooklyn and Arthur delivered bread before classes at Abraham Lincoln High. After graduation in 1932 he worked several jobs to pay for tuition at the University of Michigan where he earned a BA in 1938. He joined the Federal Theater Project, when it was canceled he worked at the Brooklyn Nay Yard while also writing radio plays. He was exempt from military service during the war due to knee injuries from high school football. He had his first Broadway success with All My Sons in 1946, picking up his first Tony. In 1948 Miller built a studio at Roxbury, Connecticut, the Millers and their two children made Roxbury their permanent home.
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- A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back. permalink
- A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. permalink
quoted in The Observer (26 November 1961)
- A play is made by sensing how the forces in life simulate ignorance — you set free the concealed irony, the deadly joke. permalink
- 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. permalink
- A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay. permalink
- Above all else, tragedy requires the finest appreciation by the writer of cause and effect. permalink
- An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted. permalink
- Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. permalink
- By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings. permalink
- Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume. permalink
- Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. permalink
- Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. permalink
- Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. permalink
- Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied. permalink
- He wants to live on through something — and in his case, his masterpiece is his son.... All of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world. permalink
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