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With the Death of a Salesman during the winter of 1949 on Broadway Arthur Miller began to live as a playwright who has since been called one of this centurys three great American dramatists He has also written other powerful often mind-altering plays The Crucible A View from the Bridge A Memory of Two Mondays After the Fall Incident at Vichy and The Price And who could forget the film The Misfits and the dramatic special Playing for Time Death of a Salesman was not Arthur Millers first success on Broadway Two years before when All My Sons opened at the Coronet Theater Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times wrote The theater has acquired a genuine new talent The play also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Donaldson Award voted upon by Billboard subscribers Since the debut of All My Sons he has noted The success of a play especially ones first success is somewhat like pushing against a door which is suddenly opened that was always securely shut until then For myself the experience was invigorating It suddenly seemed that the audience was a mass of blood relations and I sensed a warmth in the world that had not been there before It made it possible to dream of daring more and risking more He did however push the limits when he released his controversial piece Death of a Salesman And he gained even more acclaim Soon he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award He was quickly catapulted into the realm of the great living American playwrights and once was compared to Ibsen and the Greek tragediansAfter his graduation from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn young Miller worked as a stock clerk in an automobile parts warehouse for two and a half years until he had enough money to pay for his first year at the University of Michigan He finished
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