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The crucible : a play in four acts

by:Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

"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 meets with diabolical malevolence."

Editions:563  Date:1900 - 2019  Genre(s):Drama, History, Historical drama, Drama, Historical drama


Long day's journey into night

by:O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953

Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive home life. Fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor, and an older brother who is emotionally unstable and misfit, the family is reflected by their youngest son, who at 23 is a sensitive and aspiring writer. It is a somber and moving drama, and its writing was an act of magnificent courage. Since its premiere in Sweden in 1956, it has been performed all over the world on stage, screen, and television, and over a million copies of the book have been printed and sold.

Editions:248  Date:1940 - 2016  Genre(s):Drama, Drama, Domestic drama


Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman

by:Bloom, Harold

Critical essays on Arthur Miller's play "Death of a salesman."

Editions:33  Date:1987 - 2011  Genre(s):Study guides, Study guides


"J.B." : a play in verse

by:MacLeish, Archibald

This play is a modern poetic version of the biblical Book of Job which attempts to relate the concept of goodness to contemporary life.

Editions:75  Date:1956 - 2003  Genre(s):Drama, Drama, Acting editions, Acting editions


Timebends : a life

by:Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

The autobiography of the playwright covering his childhood, successes and failures in the theatre, and the sources and evolution of his plays and their productions, as well as his personal life.

Editions:81  Date:1900 - 2013  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies


Nine plays

by:O'neill, Eugene, 1888-1953

Emperor Jones takes place on an island in the West Indies. The form of native government is, for the time being, an Empire. The Hair Ape is a comedy of ancient and modern life. Mourning becomes Electra is a trilogy of the American Civil War.

Editions:79  Date:1921 - 1993  Genre(s):Drama, Drama


Scoundrel time

by:Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984

"In 1952 playwright Lillian Hellman was summoned to testify on her putatively un-American activities before the congressional committee charged with maintaining our Americanism. That was the year when Joseph McCarthy, at the top of his power, was reelected to the Senate; but she did not appear before his Senate committee. She was summoned by a committee of the lower house--the one which, by its power and long life, became THE committee of the Cold War period: the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). For roughly a third of this century the Committee brooded over its evergrowing files, testimony, and reports. Its time of greatest power began in 1948, with its 'breaking' of the Hiss case. But as early as 1947 it had declared its wide mandate by posing ideological tests for American artifacts, beginning with the movies."--Introduction, page 3.

Editions:66  Date:1972 - 2002  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies


The political plays of Langston Hughes

by:Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

Among the most influential poets of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes is perhaps best remembered for the innovative use of jazz rhythms in his writing. While his poetry and essays received much public acclaim and scholarly attention, Hughes' dramas are relatively unknown. Only five of the sixty-three plays Hughes scripted alone or collaboratively have been published (in 1963).

Editions:8  Date:2000  Genre(s):Drama, Drama


Three plays

by:Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975

This important new omnibus edition features an illuminating foreword by playwright John Guare and an extensive afterword for each play drawing on unpublished letters and other unique documentary material prepared by Tappan Wilder. Our Town: Wilder's timeless 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning look at love, death, and destiny is celebrated around the world and performed at least once each day in the United States. The Skin of our Teeth: Wilder's 1942 romp about human follies and human endurance starring the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1943. The Matchmaker: Wilder's brilliant 1954 farce about money and love starring that irrepressible busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi. This play inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! - Publisher.

Editions:148  Date:1957 - 2010  Genre(s):Drama, Drama, Historical drama


After the fall : a play

by:Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

A lost character draws upon events in his past as he searched for life's meaning in Miller's powerful play.

Editions:81  Date:1964 - 1992  Genre(s):Drama, Drama


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