Arthur Miller by Christopher Bigsby
1915-1962

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This is the long-awaited biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller, whose postwar decade of work earned him international critical and popular acclaim. Christopher Bigsby’s gripping, meticulously researched biography examines his refusal to name names before the notorious House on Un-American Activities Committee, offers new insights into Miller’s marriage to Marilyn Monroe, and sheds new light on how their relationship informed Miller’s subsequent great plays.
 

About Christopher Bigsby

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Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Arthur Miller Centre at the University of East Anglia .
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Phoenix. 776 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Copiously researched, deftly written biography that expands our understanding of a major figure in American letters.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

The New York Times

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Christopher Bigsby’s sober and meteor-size new biography of the playwright Arthur Miller moves inexorably toward Marilyn Monroe’s appearance.

Jun 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

The New York Times

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This biography of Arthur Miller taps previously unseen material and shows the playwright trying to hold on to his soul in midcentury America.

Jun 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

The Guardian

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Arthur Miller: 1962-2005 by Christopher Bigsby Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Miller's best plays – preachy democratisations of Ibse...

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The Guardian

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After extolling the beauties of Miller's marriage (and whenever Inge Morath makes an appearance the text goes weak at the knees), Bigsby tells us about Miller's affair with Edith Isaacs Rose about five years into the marriage – but he gives us no sense of its significance, or of how Miller felt a...

Apr 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

The Guardian

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Arthur Miller's compulsive desire to become 'a man of letters' was not a retreat from the real world.

Dec 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

Independent.ie

CELEBRITY HUSBAND: The press labelled Arthur Miller as the man who slept with Marilyn Monroe.

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Project MUSE

If there is a core to this work, other than its exhaustive treatment of nearly everything Miller wrote, published or unpublished, it is Bigsby's attempt to elevate the writer's standing in this country to the same level as in Europe, where Miller "seems in every way a modern voice" (2).

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The Jewish Chronicle

But it is still a shock to read in this second, substantial volume of Christopher Bigsby's biography - dealing with the years up to Miller's death - just how hard American critics were on the playwright.

Feb 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Arthur Miller: 1915-1962

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