Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Arthur Miller: A Descriptive Bibliography

Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Arthur Miller: A Descriptive Bibliography

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Arthur Miller: Λ Descriptive Bibliography. By George W. Crandell. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. 244p. + 1 CD-ROM.

George W. Crandell is Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Auburn University and a professor of English. This is his second book-length bibliography, the first also devoted to the work of another important 20th-century American dramatist: Tennessee Williams: A Descriptive Bibliography [Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburg Press, 1995]. Besides the introductory matter, which includes a careful discussion of the book's scope, methodology, and vocabulary, the present book is arranged in nine sections and followed by an extensive index. The supplementary CD-ROM, tucked in a sleeve attached to the rear endpaper, contains two appendices, one of color digital photographs of the dust jackets, covers and title pages of Miller's separate publications, the other of photographs of the copyright pages of the same.

The nine main sections of the bibliography consist of the following parts: "Separate Publications" (books wholly or substantially by Miller including English and American first editions, arranged chronologically); a section of grayscale photographs of the dust jackets, covers, and title pages of the separate publications described in the previous section; "Collected Editions" (collections of plays gathered from earlier volumes, arranged chronologically); "First-Appearance Contributions to Books, Pamphlets, and Occasional Publications" (titles in which Miller writings appear for the first time in works written or edited by others, or in such occasional works such as theater playbills, arranged chronologically); "First Appearances in Magazines and Newspapers" (Miller writings that first appeared in these formats including essays, reviews, letters, interviews, and poems, arranged chronologically); "Translations" (translations of Miller's plays and prose, arranged by language and, within each language, arranged alphabetically by title); "Publications in Braille" (arranged alphabetically by title; titles subarranged by date); "Music" (titles by Miller set to music, arranged alphabetically); and, finally, "Blurbs" (blurbs written by Miller arranged chronologically).

For each of the books described in "Separate Publications," Dr. Crandell provides a title page transcription/description, copyright page transcription, size and collation, pagination, content notes, binding description (using G. Thomas Tanselle's method for the description of binding cloths), description of the paper stocks of text and endpapers and notes on stained or gilt edges, publication dates and prices, notes regarding where and by whom the book was printed, collection locations of copies examined by the author, and special notes as deemed appropriate. For Miller's plays, the date and location of first and/or important productions is provided. For original scripts for film and television productions (for example, The Misfits), there are notes regarding the casts and release dates.

There is less detail regarding the physical description of the works described in the other sections of this bibliography. Indeed, most of the translated works were not actually seen by the author. The photographs included in both the grayscale illustrations printed within the book and the digital color images found on the accompanying CD-ROM are restricted to the works described in the "Separate Publications" section of the bibliography.

It is Dr. Crandell's carefully done bibliographic description of Miller's separate publications and the augmenting photographic documentation of these books that form the principal contribution of his book to Miller scholarship, though the list of translations and of Braille editions also appear to fill in gaps within previous bibliographic and critical surveys of Miller's work.

Crandell states the scope of his book clearly in his introduction. This is not a survey of criticism of Miller's work; it is not a performance history of his dramatic works or of filmed adaptations of these works; it does not serve as a device that synopsizes plots or provides critical analysis of his works. …

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