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).
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.
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.