Recent Books Archive

Books and Essays on Miller (2005–2010)

          • Brenda Murphy’s edited collection, Arthur Miller: Critical Insights for Salem Press, murphybook2010, contains an excellent selection of new and reprinted essays on Miller’s work, including: “On Arthur Miller” / Brenda Murphy — “Biography of Arthur Miller” / Carl Rollyson and Victoria Price — “The Paris Review Perspective” / Richard Beck for The Paris Review — “Best Intentions Far Awry: The Family Dynamic in Miller’s All My Sons and Death of a Salesman” / Pamela Loos — “‘It’s all about the language’: Arthur Miller’s Poetic Dialogue” / Stephen A. Marino — “The freedom of Others: Arthur Miller’s Social and Political Context” / Katherine Egerton — “The Critical Reception of Arthur Miller’s Work” / Jane K. Dominik — “Arthur Miller and the Art of the Possible” / Steven R. Centola — “Arthur Miller: Un-American” / Christopher Bigsby — “All My Sons and Paternal Authority” / James A. Robinson — “‘There’s no place like home’: Miller’s ‘Poem,’ Frost’s ‘Play'” / George Monteiro — “Asking ‘Queer Questions,’ Revealing Ugly Truths: Giles Corey’s Subversive Eccentricity in The Crucible” / J. Chris Westgate — “Verse, Figurative Language, and Myth in A View from the Bridge” / Stephen A. Marino — “Uneasy Collaboration: Miller, Kazan, and After the Fall” / Brenda Murphy — All About Talk: Arthur Miller’s The Price / Gerald Weales — Both His Sons: Arthur Miller’s The Price and Jewish Assimilation” / James A. Robinson — “The ‘line to measure from’: Arthur Miller’s The American Clock as a Lesson for the Ages” / Susan C. W. Abbotson — “Coming to Roost Again: Tragic Rhythm in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass” / Terry Otten — “Arthur Miller’s Ironic Resurrection” / Jeffrey D. Mason — “The Fiction of Arthur Miller” / Laurence Goldstein.ramonbook
          • Ramón Espejo’s España y el teatro de Arthur Miller. Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin, 2010. Offers analysis of Miller’s reception in Spain, including a comprehensive survey of major Spanish productions of his plays since 1951 through 2009.
          • Review from the British release of Christopher Bigsby’s long awaited Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography Vol. 2 (1962-2005). Here is another review, this one from Gregory Mosher.polsterbook
          • Joshua E. Polster’s Reinterpreting the Plays of Arthur Miller. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2010. Using cultural semiotics and new historicism, Polster offers compelling insights into some of Miller’s seminal plays: All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and Incident at Vichy. Check the publisher’s website for more details.
          • Jim Fisher’s Miller in an Hour. New York: Smith and Kraus, 2010. Brief guide to the dramatist designed as a quick reference for directors, actors and dramaturges, as part of the presses new series: “Playwrights in an Hour.” (112 pages). Aimed at those who know very little about Miller.fisherbook
          • Methuen Drama Student Editions of most of Miller’s plays, approved by the Arthur Miller Estate, edited by Enoch Brater. Each volume contains the play and in depth notes for that play newly written, each by a different Miller scholar. So far the series contains: The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A View from the Bridge, The Price, A Memory of Two Mondays, Broken Glass, After the Fall, and The Last Yankee.
          • In the new (2009) Methuen collected editions of Miller’s Plays, the sixth volume now contains: Broken Glass, Mr Peters’ Connections, Resurrection Blues, and Finishing the Picture. Just in case you are looking for a print version of Miller’s final play.novickbook
          • Julius Novick’s Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish American Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, contains a lengthy chapter “Arthur Miller and the Jews,” that centers on Death of a Salesman, but also references After the Fall, The Price and Broken Glass.
          • Robert Paul Kolt, Robert Ward’s The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2009.hindsbook
          • Maurene J. Hinds, Witchcraft on Trial: From the Salem Witch Hunts to The Crucible. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow, 2009. A junior guide to events/issues.
          • Jeffrey Meyers, The Genius And The Goddess. New York: Hutchinson, 2009. A depiction of Miller and Monroe’s marriage.
          • Jeffrey Mason, Stone Tower: The Political Theater of Arthur Miller. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2008.masonbook
          • Eric Sterling Ed. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Dialogue). Rodophi, 2008. Essays on this seminal play.
          • Masahiro Oikawa. Arthur Miller Gekini Okeru Rinrisei (Morality in Arthur Miller’s Plays). Kinseido, Tokyo, 2008. Sadly only available in Japanese, this volume discusses  how such themes as the Great Depression and survival, the American Dream and dreams of success, McCarthyism and the Red Purge, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust,  Original Sin, and responsibility for society are connected with his ideas on morality as repeated in his own essays and interviews.
          • Christopher Bigsby’s Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography, became available in the US (from May 2009)– it came out first in the UK in November 2008 to very positive feedback. Here are links to two of its early reviews: Times, Guardian.bigsby2
          • Neil Carson has updated his 1982 book on Miller to bring it up to Finishing the Picture, Arthur Miller: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
          • Greenhaven Press’ “Social Issues in Literature” series has two recent books relating to Miller:
            Justice in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible edited by Claudia D Johnson. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2009
            Suicide in Arthur Miller’s The Death of a Salesman edited by Alicia Cafferty Lerner and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2008.
            Contents of the latter: Background on Arthur Miller. The Life and Career of Arthur Miller / Stephen A. Marino ; An Overview of Death of a Salesman / L.M. Domina ; Miller and Others Comment on the impact of Death of a Salesman / Arthur Miller, Robert Falls, and suicidebookBrian Dennehy; Interviewed by Paul Solman — Suicide and Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero / Robert A. Martin; Willy Loman is Dying Throughout the Play / Harold Bloom ; The Ambiguity of Biff’s Feelings for Willy / H.C. Phelps; Many Factors Led to Willy’s Suicide / Sighle Kennedy; Willy Loman had the Wrong Dreams / Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.; Willy Loman is Undone by the American Dream / Thomas E. Porter; Alienation from His Work Drives Willy Loman to Suicide / Paul Blumberg; Miller Uses Objects to Convey Failure and Other Themes / Marianne Boruch; Death of a Salesman in China / Arthur Miller; A Student Responds Emotionally to Death of a Salesman / Meredith Kopald–Contemporary Perspectives on Suicide. Suicide Rates Rise across the Globe / The Economist; A Documentary about Suicide Sparks Debate / Killian Fox; The Ethics of Physician-assisted Suicide / Renske Heddema; Involvement Therapy Helps Suicide Survivors Cope / Bob Condor; Raising Awareness of Elder Suicide / Ezra Ochshorn.abbotsonccomp
          • Susan C. W. Abbotson, A Critical Companion to Arthur Miller, New York: Facts on File, 2007–your one-stop encyclopedia on all things Miller! Entries on all of Miller’s drama, fiction, and much of his non-fiction, as well as guides to themes, people and places with whom/which Miller can be connected.
          • Silima Nanda’s Faces of Miller Women, was published in New Delhi, India : Mittal Publications, 2007 (try D. K. Agencies to get a copy:
          • Enoch Brater Ed. Arthur Miller’s Global Theater. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2007. Collection of new essays.  
          • Harold Bloom has been busy putting out several collections of essays he has culled from a variety of sources (most of these essays have been printed elsewhere, but are handily collected here in these one-stop sources)—some are earlier editions that have been updated or expanded.  Of interest to Miller scholars might be the following:

Arthur Miller. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003. Contents: Introduction / Harold Bloom — Biography of Arthur Miller / Cookie Lommel — Arthur Miller : An Introduction / Neil Heims — The Action and its Significance : Arthur Miller’s Struggle with Dramatic Form / Orm Overland — Miller and Things / Marianne Boruch — From Honors at Dawn to Death of a Salesman : Marxism and the Early Plays of Arthur Miller / Helge Normann Nilsen.boommiller2007
Arthur Miller. New York : Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2007. Contents: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the Salem Witch Trials: A Historian’s View / Edward S. Morgan — The Wooster Group, Arthur Miller, and The Crucible / David Savran — All My Sons and Paternal Authority / James A. Robinson — Unsafe Convictions: Unhappy Confessions in The Crucible / Valerie Lowe — Death of a Salesman and American Leadership: Life Imitates Art / John S. Shockley — Issues of Identity in Broken Glass: A Humanist Response to a Postmodern World / Susan C.W. Abbotson — Personality Wins the Day: Death of a Salesman and Popular Sales Advice Literature / Brenda Murphy — A Portrait of Arthur Miller / Jeffrey Meyers — Death of a Salesman vs. Columbia Pictures: the Strange Case of Career of a Salesman / Kevin Kerrane — Finishing the Picture: Arthur Miller, 1915-2005 / Laurence Goldstein — Miller’s Tale: The Playwright Drew a Line between Reaching Out and Selling Out / Wendy Smith — Arthur Miller and the Art of the Possible / Steven R. Centola.bloomsalesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. New York : Chelsea House Publishers, 2007.Contents: Memory: Miller / Peter Szondi — Rhythm between Fathers and Sons: Death of a Salesman / Leah Hadomi — Family Values in Death of a Salesman / Steven R. Centola — The Crisis of Authenticity : Death of a Salesman and the Tragic Muse / Stephen Barker — Arthur Miller: Poet / Christopher Bigsby —“Death of a Salesman at Fifty: An Interview with Arthur Miller” / Colby H. Kullman — Miller’s Poetic Use of Demotic English in Death of a Salesman / Frank Ardolino — Death of a Salesman at Fifty: Still “coming home to roost” / Terry Otten — Shame, Guilt, Empathy, and the Search for Identity in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman / Fred Ribkoff — Setting the Scene : Death of a Salesman and After the Fall / Austin E. Quigleybloomcrucible
–Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. New York : Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2008. Contents: Introduction / Harold Bloom — The Crucible / Edward Murray — History and Other Spectres in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible / E. Miller Budick — Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the Salem WTrials: A Historian’s View / Edmund S. Morgan — Re(dis)covering the Witches in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: A Feminist Reading / Wendy Schissel — Conscience and Community in An Enemy of the People and The Crucible / Thomas P. Adler — The Crucible in history / Arthur Miller — The Crucible to A Memory of Two Mondays / Terry Otten — Interrogating The Crucible: Revisiting the Biographical, Historical and Political Sources in Arthur Miller’s Play / Stuart Marlow — Poetry and Politics in / Stephen A. Marino — ‘The Crucible The Crucible’ / Christopher Bigsby.waldbook

          • Alan M. Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007, contains a chapter “Arthur Miller’s Missing Chapter” that considers Miller as a Marxist and his relationship to socialism.
          • Leslie Goss Erickson’s Re-visioning of the Heroic Journey in Postmodern Literature : Toni Morrison, Julia Alvarez, Arthur Miller, and American Beauty. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2006, contains a chapter discussing Death of a Salesman.
          • Ryder Jordan-Finnegan’s Individuation and the Power of Evil on the Nature of the Human Psyche: Studies in C.G. Jung, Arthur Miller, and Shakespeare. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2006, contains a discussion of After the Fall.bigsbyholocaust
          • Chris Bigsby’s Remembering and Imagining the Holocaust : The Chain of Memory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006, contains a chapter “Arthur Miller: The Rememberer.”
          • Powers, Retha and Kathy Kiernan, eds. This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2005, contains extracts from Salesman in Beijing and Miller’s commentary on why he judges this to be his favorite writing. He states, “I can’t think of another work of mine that gave me as much pleasure in the writing as this one did,” explaining the reason largely being he had not been intentionally writing it for publication, but just to “keep the days from melting into one another incoherently” (324). He asserts that “in spirit” he feels this book contains some of his best work, in that it allows us to see his enthusiasm (324).
          • Couple of recent introductory works: Amy Dunkleberger’s A Student’s Guide to Arthur Miller. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow, 2005, and Richard Andersen’s Arthur Miller. New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2005.