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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 by the people of America The dramatist was born in Manhattan in October 17 1915 to Isadore and Agusta Miller a conventional well to do Jewish couple Young Arthur Miller was an intense athlete and a weak scholar Throughout his youth he was molded into one of the most creative playwrights America has ever seen without these priceless childhood experiences there would have never have been the basis and foundation for his great works During his bright career as playwright he demonstrated extreme talent on two of his greatest pieces The Crucible and the Death of a Salesman He has also written other powerful often mind-altering plays A View from the Bridge A Memory of Two Mondays After the Fall Incident at Vichy and The Price 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 His first plays were Honors at Dawn 1936 and No Villain 1937 which won the University of Michigan Hopwood Awards His Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer prize in 1949 which was another proof of his excellent talent Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953 during the McCarthy period when Americans were accusing each other of Pro-Communist beliefs Many of Millers friends were being attacked as Communists and in 1956 Miller himself was brought before the House of Un-American Activities Committee where he was found guilty of beliefs in Communism The verdict was reversed in 1957 in an appeals court The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad witch-hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century It is about a town after accusations from a few girls which begins a mad hunt for witches
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