Research Paper on Arthur Miller

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The Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play that was written by Arthur Miller and is a classic of American Theater. Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915 and died on February 10, 2005. And was an American playwright and essayist. He was famous for his American literature and cinema for over 61 years. Writing a lot of plays and celebrated plays like The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still performed worldwide.

During his early years, he was born to affluent Jewish-American parents, Isidore and Augusta Miller, in Manhattan, New York City. His father owned a women’s clothes/coast-manufacturing business, which had failed when the Wall Street crashed. Arthur Miller wasn’t able to graduate because he had no money from the effects of Great Depression on his family. But was able to get a spot in University of Michigan, where he worked in a lot of jobs to pay for his tuition.

At the University of Michigan, he first majored in journalism, and he became a reporter and night editor on a student paper, called the Michigan Daily. And during this time he worked on his first work, No Villain, and he won the Avery Hopwood Award. Then he switched his major to English, where he met Professor Kenneth Rowe, who helped Miller write playwrightings. Then wrote another book called Honors at Dawn, that received the Avery Hopwood Award also.

In 1938, he received his bachelor’s degree in English. On August 5, 1940, he married a woman name Mary Slattery. And they had two children, Jane and Robert. Robert became a director, writer, and producer. He is also the producer of the 1996 movie of The Crucible. Then in 1944 Miller wrote The Man Who Had All the Luck, and won the Theater Guild’s National Award. But it only lasted for 6 plays and then was closed. All My Sons won the New York Dream Critics Circle Award and two Tony Awards in 1947.

In 1948 Miller built a small studio in Roxbury, Connecticut, and there he wrote the Death of a...