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The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics)
 
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The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Miller
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Produktbeschreibungen

Kurzbeschreibung

Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

Synopsis

A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

Über den Autor

Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock. He has also written two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. More recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). His latest book is On Politics and the Art of Acting. Miller was granted with the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Christopher Bigsby is professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and All My Sons.

Autorenporträt

Arthur Miller, geb. 1915 in New York, verbrachte seine Kindheit in Brooklyn und Harlem. Er studierte Publizistik, englische Sprache und Literatur. Der große Börsenkrach und die anschließende Weltwirtschaftskrise, deren soziale Auswirkungen er in den 30er Jahren u.a. als Hafen- und Landarbeiter direkt zu spüren bekam, sind Schlüsselerlebnisse für sein Leben und Schreiben. Die Verarbeitung des Themas in "Death of a Salesman" bringt ihm 1949 Weltruhm.
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