View Full Version : Playwright Arthur Miller dies at 89

2005-Feb-11, 03:43 PM
AP is reporting that award-winning author and playwright Arthur Miller has died at age 89. Miller is best known for writing "Death of a Salesman" which has become a favorite among American plays. Details to follow.

2005-Feb-11, 03:51 PM
Also his play "The Crucible" and being married to Marilyn Monroe. Both plays are studied in school systems across N.America. Link (http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/books/02/11/obit.miller.ap/)

2005-Feb-11, 04:33 PM
Playwright Arthur Miller dead at 89 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6953165/)

Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, has died, his assistant said Friday. He was 89.

Miller, who had been hailed as America's greatest living playwright, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury of heart failure, his assistant, Julia Bolus, said Friday. His family was at his bedside, she said.

His plays, with their strong emphasis on family, morality and personal responsibility, spoke to the growing fragmentation of American society.

"A lot of my work goes to the center of where we belong -- if there is any root to life -- because nowadays the family is broken up, and people don't live in the same place for very long," Miller said in a 1988 interview.

2005-Feb-11, 06:36 PM
I thought he was one of the sexiest men in the world, too.

His intelligence and talent will be missed. :(

2005-Feb-11, 09:34 PM
okay, that's yet another dead person that I thought had died years ago. I'm beginning to think there's something wrong w/me.

but yes--very sad, and no, it's not all about me.

2005-Feb-11, 10:16 PM
We have truely lost a literary legend...

His plays will be around forever, they are timeless. He was quite possibly a living master of his art.


2005-Feb-12, 12:26 AM
His play The Crucible (http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/westspringfieldhs/academic/english/1project/crucible/crucible.htm), which was based on the Salem witch trials, was a commentary on the McCarthy era and its attendant paranoia. It's just as relevant today.

Living near Roxbury it wasn't unusual to encounter Miller in various local stores, etc. He was a very tall man whose countenance exuded intelligence.

He had a long, productive life. He will be greatly missed.