By: Jennifer Grzybowski
At the closing of World War II, the aftermath of the Depression still was furrowing the brow of Americans. Playwright Arthur Miller took this platform to critical success as he wrote numerous plays that portrayed the period, provoking insightful thought in the minds of Americans. “Miller tapped into a sense of dissatisfaction and unrest within the greater American psyche. His probing dramas proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times, allowing people an honest view of the direction the country had taken” (None Without Sin). A look into the numerous works of Arthur Miller, prove him to be an iconic playwright for American Theatre.
Arthur Miller wrote a vast array of staple plays in the American Theatre cannon. Some of his many credits include: The Man Who Had All the Luck, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, and Playing for Time. Ask yourself how many of these plays you have seen, read, or discussed in a Theatre Class? The iconic quality of Arthur Miller’s works are impressive, to say the least (Especially considering he has only been deceased for eight years now).
Looking at the figure of Miller, it would be a slander to his image not to look at the numerous awards he had garnished over his career. Firstly, the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at the University of Michigan, his alma mater (Not to say he doesn’t hold honorary degrees from both Oxford University and Harvard University). Also, he is a two time recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as Emmy awards. In addition, he has three Tony Awards for his plays and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
Without question, Arthur Miller is an iconic writer for American theatre. “Arthur Miller has dedicated himself to the investigation of the moral plight of the white American working class. With a sense of realism and a strong ear for the American vernacular, Miller has created characters whose voices are an important part of the American landscape,” (NWS). Today we celebrate and honor his historical works with constant productions all throughout America.
“Not Without Sin” American Masters. 23 August 2006. Web. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/arthur-miller/none-without-sin/56/ 8 December 2013.
“Arthur Miller Biography.” A + E networks. 2013. Web. http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-miller-9408335?page=2 7 December 2013.