Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

In Memoriam: Joseph Kane (1957-2016)

Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

In Memoriam: Joseph Kane (1957-2016)

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This past July, I received a phone call from Jodi Kane with the awful news that her husband, Joe Kane, had passed away on 14 March. I was quite shocked by Jodi's news because Joe was recovering so well from a long-term illness when he attended the Miller Centennial.

Joe was a son of the Midwest, a proud native of Wisconsin, a dedicated teacher, a true partner to his wife, Jodi. Most of us in the Miller Society knew Joe as, in the words of Christopher Bigsby, an "enthusiastic and effective researcher" We always were amazed by Joe's ability to uncover lost manuscripts, documents, or bibliographical material related to Miller's life and career. For example, he discovered the lost reels to the film of Miller's playlet, The Reason Why. He was the most reliable fact-checker whose accurate information was irrefutable and, consequently, the bedrock for many scholarly articles and books. Joe's interview with the actor Eli Wallach remains one of the liveliest conversations published in The Arthur Miller Journal (vol. …

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