Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Editor's Note

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This issue of The Arthur Miller Journal is the first to focus on a specific topic. Miller consistently dramatized how his protagonists meet at where the private and the public intersect. Throughout his canon, characters such as Joe Keller, Willy Loman, John Proctor, Eddie Carbone, Phillip Gellburg, and Lyman Felt must strive, as Miller wrote in "The Family in Modern Drama," to "change and overcome within himself and outside himself." For example, in The Crucible John Proctor's private sins are made public; in All My Sons Joe Keller denies his personal connection to society; Lyman Felt indulges his private passions with disregard for society in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Eddie Carbone is deemed unworthy by his community in A View From the Bridge.

Arthur Miller struggled just like his characters. He was a private man, but also an artist who led a very public life. His social views and his political activism complicated the criticism of his plays. His personal life frequently became public fodder.

This issue contains essays that consider portrayals of Miller's private and public persona and his private and public actions. "Arthur Miller: Writer: A Symposium on Rebecca Miller's HBO Documentary" is a compilation of commentary that I collected from Miller scholars. This important film (which premiered on HBO in March 2018) by Rebecca Miller, who has forged an illustrious career as a director, gives an intimate portrait of the writer who was also her father. …

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