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Sunday, February 13, 2005

entry arrow2:33 PM | Arthur Miller, 89

"The author of Death of a Salesman, a landmark of 20th-century drama," writes Marilyn Berger in the New York Times, "Mr. Miller grappled with the weightiest matters of social conscience in his plays... [H]is reputation rests on a handful of his best-known plays, the dramas of guilt and betrayal and redemption that continue to be revived frequently at theaters all over the world. These dramas of social conscience were drawn from life and informed by the Great Depression, the event that he believed had had a more profound impact on the nation than any other in American history, except possibly the Civil War. 'In play after play,' the drama critic Mel Gussow wrote..., 'he holds man responsible for his and for his neighbor's actions.'"

An excerpt from Death of a Salesman:

I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.


Read the rest of the New York Times obituary here.

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