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The Crucible

Revised Edition

Arthur Miller

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community, presented here with enlightening criticism and commentary

"I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history," Arthur Miller wrote in an introduction to The Crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence.

Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing: "Political opposition...is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence."
This Viking Critical Library edition of Arthur Miller's dramatic recreation of the Salem witch trials contains the complete text of The Crucible as well as extensive critical and contextual material about the play and the playwright, including:


  • Selections from Miller's writings on his most frequently performed play

  • Essays on the historical background of The Crucible, including personal narratives by participants in the trials and records of witchcraft in Salem from the original documents

  • Reviews of The Crucible, in production by Brooks Atkinson, Walter Kerr, Eric Bentley, and others

  • Excerpts from Jean-Paul Sartre's Les Sorcières de Salem, a "spin-off" of Miller's play, and three analogous works by Twain, Shaw, and Budd Schulberg

  • Critical essays on the play, on Miller, and on the play in the context of Miller's oeuvre

  • An introduction by the editor, a chronology, a list of topics for discussion and papers prepared by Malcolm Cowley, and a bibliography

Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include
All My Sons (1947),
Death of a Salesman (1949),
The Crucible (1953),
A View from the Bridge and
A Memory of Two Mondays (1955),
After the Fall (1963),
Incident at Vichy (1964),
The Price (1968),
The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and
The American Clock. He has also written two novels,
Focus (1945), and
The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for
In Russia (1969),
Chinese Encounters (1979), and
In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. More recent works include a memoir,
Timebends (1987), and the plays
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991),
The Last Yankee (1993),
Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and
Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). His latest book is
On Politics and the Art of Acting. Miller was granted with the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 512
Altersempfehlung ab 18 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.1996
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-024772-5
Reihe Viking Critical Library
Verlag Random House N.Y.
Maße (L/B/H) 19.5/12.8/2.3 cm
Gewicht 354 g

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  • The CrucibleIntroduction Chronology I. THE CRUCIBLE: THE TEXT

    A Note on the Text II. THE CRUCIBLE: CRITICISM AND ANALOGUES

    Miller on The Crucible Many Writers: Few Plays Introduction to Collected Plays Brewed in The Crucible [More on Danforth] After the Fall (excerpt)

    III. THE CRUCIBLE IN PRODUCTION: COMMENTS AND REVIEWS

    Henry Hewes, Arthur Miller and How He Went to the Devil Walter Kerr, The Crucible Brooks Atkinson, At the Theatre Brooks Atkinson, Arthur Miller's The Crucible in a New Edition New York Post, Witchcraft and Stagecraft Joseph T. Shipley, Arthur Miller's New Melodrama Is Not What It Seems to Be Eric Bentley, The Innocence of Arthur Miller Robert Warshow, The Liberal Conscience in The Crucible Harold Hobson, Fair Play Herbert Blau, Counterforce I: The Social Drama Marcel Aymeé, I Want to Be Hanged Like a Witch Jean SElz, Raymond Rouleau Among the Witches THE CRUCIBLE IN RETROSPECT: ESSAYS ON THE PLAY

    David Levin, Salem Witchcraft in Recent Fiction and Drama Penelope Curtis, The Crucible Stephen Fender, Precision and Pseudo Precision in The Crucible

    THE CRUCIBLE IN RETROSPECT: ESSAYS ON THE PLAYWRIGHT

    William Wiegand, Arthur Miller and the Man Who Knows Richard H. Rovere, Arthur Miller's Conscience Albert Hunt, Realism and Intelligence Gerald Weales, Arthur Miller: Man and His Image Lee Baxandall, Arthur Miller: Still the Innocent

    CONTEXTS OF THE CRUCIBLE: HISTORICAL

    A Note on Witchcraft Records of Salem Witchcraft Deodat Lawson, A Brief and True Narrative Robert Calef, More Wonders of the Invisible World John Hale, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft

    CONTEXTS OF THE CRUCIBLE: CONTEMPORARY

    Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun Henry Steele Commager, Who Is Loyal to America? Joseph R. McCarthy, Communists in the State Department Whittaker Chambers, Witness The Reporter, The Road to Damascus

    THE CRUCIBLE: SPIN-OFFS

    Bernard Stambler, The Crucible Jean-Paul Sartre, On Les Sorcières de Salem; In Salem Prison

    THE CRUCIBLE: ANALOGUES

    Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Budd Schulberg, Waterfront

    Topics for Discussion and Papers Bibliography