Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, constructed leftist political convictions throughout the nice melancholy, completed ethical victory opposed to McCarthyism within the Fifties, and have become president of PEN foreign close to the tip of his lifestyles, struggling with for writers’ freedom of expression. alongside the best way, his prolific output confirmed him as one of many maximum writers of the 20 th century—he wrote twenty-two performs, a number of screenplays, brief tales, and essays, and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesmanand the recent York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 for All My Sons. Miller additionally wrote the screenplay for The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe’s ultimate film.
This memoir additionally unearths the really good host of notables that populated his existence, together with Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy, and Mikhail Gorbachev. forsaking a powerful popularity within the worlds of theater, cinema, and politics, Arthur Miller died in 2005 yet his memoir maintains his legacy.
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