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The Real Arthur Miller (Hardback)

The Playwright Who Cared

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By Andrew Norman
Imprint: White Owl
Series: The Real...
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781399040730
Published: 4th April 2024

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During his lifetime, US playwright Arthur Miller was affronted in numerous ways by what he experienced, either personally, or vicariously through the experiences of others. For example:

By the way his immigrant family had come to financial grief in the Great Depression (1929 to the late 1930s), through no fault of their own.

By the anti-Semitism that existed in the USA and elsewhere in the 1930s, culminating in the Nazi Holocaust in which so many people of his own ethnic group, the Jews, together with millions of other innocents, perished.

By the way he and others, including many connected with the arts, were persecuted for alleged communist sympathies in the McCarthy ‘witch-hunts’ of the late 1940s and 1950s in the USA.

By the way that atheism, to which he himself subscribed, was considered to be subversive and unpatriotic.

By the way that the ‘American Dream’ was generally portrayed as something to which everybody could aspire: and yet, by embracing the concept of the American Dream, most people were generally setting themselves up to fail.

Despite his disillusionment with life, Miller strove to illuminate a path to a better way and in doing so, offered hope to the inhabitants of the flawed and troubled world in which he found himself, not just in the USA but also elsewhere.

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An engrossing tale about a man that was larger than life. I love reading biographies, and this held my attention and left me wanting more, which is always a good sign. The story was well written, thoughtful, and poignant.
I knew Arthur miller led a fascinating life, but not quite this fascinating!

NetGalley, Katherine McCrea

Arthur Miller is a complex man. He was a great writer, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A view from the Bridge, some of his most famous plays. I remember reading some of these in school. Mr. Miller, had a lot of thoughts and opinions on a range of topics. This was an interesting read on a talented man.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Real Arthur Miller - The Playwright Who Cared by Andrew Norman is a stunning biography that delves deep into the inspiration behind this incredible playwright most famous for Death of a Salesman, but also The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and Misfits.

Arthur Miller was the epitome of defying convention despite adversity. Miller and his family endured many, many hardships, including the Great Depression, the extensive Anti-Semitism of the far right in the US (which is also widely under-reported for the era prior to WWII and the holocaust) and McCarthyism, where innovators were considered part of the "red-wave" which was a construct of McCarthy's extensive fearmongering to try and ensure his election success.

This type of adversity can either break a person or light a fire within them. In Miller, it was the latter. He refused to be cowed by hate and intolerance and instead, honed his skills, stayed true to his path and became one of the greatest playwrights of all time.

Millers's story is wonderfully told in this book. Andrew Norman has a great flow and while he is communicating fact, it is told with a great empathy and understanding for this wonderful icon of free-thinking and creative genius

A stunning biography which shines a light on a man who lit up the way for many to create and think in ways that helped our society evolve into a new age.

NetGalley, Ink Reads
 Andrew Norman

About Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. He was educated in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, Somerset, UK, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer with biographies of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Marilyn Monroe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to his name.

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