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Arthur Miller is one of Americas most famous playwrights Although his dramas take place in familiar settings he has made a reputation for dealing with contemporary political and moral issues Millers work continues to inspire and teach people about American life and values Arthur Miller was born in New York City on October 17 1915 He attended the University of Michigan where he began writing plays Several of these plays won awards In 1944 Miller won New York Citys Theatre Guild for his play The Man Who Had All the Luck Millers first major success came with All My Sons which won the Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 Soon afterward he wrote his most widely acclaimed play The Death of a Salesman in 1949 It highlighted the American ideal of prosperity and condemned it on the grounds that few can pursue it without dangerous moral compromises The play won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a movie in 1952 Arthur continued his success with The Crucible in 1953 which won a Tony The Crucible gave an intriguing prospective to the witch hunts in Salem Massachusetts Millers next plays A View from the Bridge 1955 After the Fall 1964 and Incident at Vichy 1964 all received moderate success After the Fall described his unhappy marriage to Marilyn Monroe Millers last plays The Creation of the World and Other Buisness1972 and The Down Mount Morgan1991 received mixed reviews Arthur has also written several books and an autobiography Although his plays have received varied levels of success all of Milers plays have contained moral meaning and important life lessons He is widely considered one of the most brilliant and original playwrights of our era His works span time however because they explore the vast depths of human nature and society as we know it
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