Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller biography

Arthur Miller, also popular as Arthur Asher Miller. He was born on 17-Oct-1915 and was died on 10-Feb-2005 when he was aged 89 years, he was a great American essayist and Playwright. Arthur Miller was a well known American theatre figure, popular by writing drama scripts and stage plays like ‘All My Sons’ (1947), ‘Death of Salesman’ (1949) and ‘The Crucible’ (1953) as also the film ‘The Misfits’ (1961).

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Arthur Miller

He was born in Harlem, New York. He was born as second of the three children of Augusta Miller and Isidore couple, they were Polish Jewish immigrants. Arthur Miller’s father was a business man who owned clothing manufacturing organization employing about 400 people and he was a wealthy and respected person in the society. His family includes his younger sister Joan, lived on 110th Street in Manhattan and owned a summer house in Far Rockaway, Queens. In the Wall Street Crash of 1929 they lost everything and migrated to Gravesend, Brooklyn. When he was a teenager, he delivered bread everyday early in the morning before going to school to help the family. Arthur Miller graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in the year of 1932, when he was a student he worked in several menial jobs to pay his college tuition fee.

Miller first majored in journalism at the university of Michigan and worked as a reporter and night editor for student paper, the Michigan Daily. It was while during this time Miller wrote his first play ‘No Villain’. He switched his major to English and eventually he won Avery Hopwood Award for ‘No Villain’, this award fetch him  to start think about he will have a career like a playwright. Miller enrolled in a play-writing seminar taught by the significant Professor Kenneth Rowe, who directed him in his earlier forays into play-writing, Kenneth Rowe stressed the way how a play is made in order to get its expected outcome, or what Miller called “the dynamics of play construction”. Rowe offered him with successful feedback in addition with much needed inspiration, and stood like lifelong friend.

Arthur Miller maintained powerful relation to his alma mater all over rest of his lifetime, setting up the university’s Arthur Miller Award in the year 1985 and Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing in the year 1999, and financing his name to the Arthur Miller Theatre in 2000.  In 1937, Arthur Miller published Honors at Dawn, which was also gained the Avery Hopwood Award.

Arthur Miller

In the year 1938, Arthur acquired BA in English and after graduation, he became a member of the Federal Theater Project, a New Deal organization created to offer jobs opportunities within the theater. Arthur Miller selected the theater venture eventhough he had a deal to work to be a  script writer for 20th Century Fox. However, Congress, concerned about possible Communist infiltration, shut the project in 1939. Miller again started working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while still continuing to write radio plays, few of which had been broadcast on CBS Radio.

In 1940, Arthur got married to Mary Grace Slattery,  They had two children, Jane and Rober. After that Miller got married to Marilyn Monroe in 1956, later he married to Inge Morath in 1962. Miller had been excused from military service during the time of II World War because of a High school soccer injury to his left knee-cap.

 Arthur Miller’s Death

Miller died because of heart fail after having a great fight against cancer, pneumonia and congestive heart problems at his own home in Roxbury, Connecticut. Arthur had been in hospice health care at his sister’s house in New York since his release from the hospital just the prior month to his death. Miller died on the evening of 10-Feb-2005 on the fifty sixth anniversary of Broadway debut of ‘Death of a Salesman’, when he was 89, surrounded by Barley, family, loved ones and friends. Arthur Miller was interred at Roxbury Center Cemetery in Roxbury.


Stage plays

  • No Villain (1936)
  • They Too Arise (1937, based on No Villain)
  • Honors at Dawn (1938, based on They Too Arise)
  • The Grass Still Grows (1938, based on They Too Arise)
  • The Great Disobedience (1938)
  • Listen My Children (1939, with Norman Rosten)
  • The Golden Years (1940)
  • The Man Who Had All the Luck (1940)
  • The Half-Bridge (1943)
  • All My Sons (1947)
  • Death of a Salesman (1949)
  • An Enemy of the People (1950, based on Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People)
  • The Crucible (1953)
  • A View from the Bridge (1955)
  • A Memory of Two Mondays (1955)
  • After the Fall (1964)
  • Incident at Vichy (1964)
  • The Price (1968)
  • The Reason Why (1970)
  • Fame (one-act, 1970; revised for television 1978)
  • The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972)
  • The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977)
  • The American Clock (1980)
  • Playing for Time (television play, 1980)
  • Elegy for a Lady (short play, 1982, first part of Two Way Mirror)
  • Some Kind of Love Story (short play, 1982, second part of Two Way Mirror)
  • I Think About You a Great Deal (1986)
  • Playing for Time (stage version, 1985)
  • I Can’t Remember Anything (1987, collected in Danger: Memory!)
  • Clara (1987, collected in Danger: Memory!)
  • The Last Yankee (1991)
  • The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991)
  • Broken Glass (1994)
  • Mr Peter’s Connections (1998)
  • Resurrection Blues (2002)
  • Finishing the Picture (2004)


Radio plays

  •  The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man (1941)
  • Joel Chandler Harris (1941)
  • Captain Paul (1941)
  • The Battle of the Ovens (1942)
  • Thunder from the Mountains (1942)
  • I Was Married in Bataan (1942)
  • The Four Freedoms (1942)
  • That They May Win (1943)
  • Listen for the Sound of Wings (1943)
  • Bernardine (1944)
  • I Love You (1944)
  • Grandpa and the Statue (1944)
  • The Philippines Never Surrendered (1944)
  • The Guardsman (1944, based on Ferenc Molnár’s play)
  • The Story of Gus (1947)



  •  All My Sons (1948)
  • The Hook (1947)
  • Let’s Make Love (1960)
  • The Misfits (1961)
  • Everybody Wins (1984)
  • Death of a Salesman (1985)
  • The Crucible (1995)


Assorted fiction

  • Focus (novel, 1945)
  • “The Misfits” (novella, 1957)
  • I Don’t Need You Anymore (short stories, 1967)
  • “Homely Girl” (short story, 1992, published in UK as “Plain Girl: A Life” 1995)
  • “The Performance” (short story)
  • Presence: Stories (short stories, 2007)
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