Arthur Miller in 1952. (Sam Falk/The New York Times)
Arthur Miller, one of the great American playwrights, whose work exposed the flaws in the fabric of the American dream, died Feb. 10, 2005, at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 89. The author of “Death of a Salesman,” a landmark of 20th-century drama, Mr. Miller grappled with the weightiest matters of social conscience in his plays and in them often reflected or reinterpreted the stormy and very public elements of his own life — including a brief and rocky marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his staunch refusal to cooperate with the red-baiting House Un-American Activities Committee. “Death of a Salesman,” which opened on Broadway in 1949, established Mr. Miller as a giant of the American theater when he was only 33. It won the triple crown of theatrical artistry that year: the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Tony. But the play’s enormous success also overshadowed Mr. Miller’s long career: “The Crucible,” a 1953 play about the Salem witch trials inspired by his virulent hatred of McCarthyism, and “A View From the Bridge,” a 1955 drama of obsession and betrayal, ultimately took their place as popular classics of the international stage, but Mr. Miller’s later plays never equaled his early successes. Although he wrote a total of 17 plays, “The Price,” produced on Broadway during the 1967-68 season, was his last solid critical and commercial hit. — Marilyn Berger
The author of “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible” exposed the flaws in the fabric of the American dream.
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