Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 8

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 8

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 8

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 8

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BORN: October 17, 1915, New York, New York

IDENTIFICATION: Mid- to late twentieth-century playwright, novelist, and nonfiction writer best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Salesman (1949) and his activities against the oppression of individual freedom.

Arthur Miller is considered one of the most important American playwrights of the World War II generation. He is most famous for Death of a Salesman and for his marriage to actress Marilyn Monroe in 1956. Many of his plays are frequently performed on Broadway and are studied in schools. In Miller's frank autobiography, Timebends: A Life (1987), he illustrates his lifelong fight for individual freedom. In 1956, he refused to cooperate with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) and was cited for contempt of Congress. As president of International PEN Club, Miller opposed governmental restraint of writers in Greece, refusing to allow the publication of his writing there.

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