Literary Anniversaries: 17 October

Imagine being well known for who you married, almost as much as for your work ...

Imagine being well known for who you married, almost as much as for your work …

Today we reflect on the life of one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands, the playwright Arthur Miller.  Yet, Monroe was the second Mrs. Miller, and his life (and work) was just as fascinating without her …

Perhaps Miller’s two most famous works are ‘Death of A Salesman‘ (1949) which has some stark messages about the border between fantasy and reality and the nature of ‘The American Dream’, and ‘The Crucible‘ (1953) which uses the Salem Witch trials as an allegorical comment on the Communist witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.

Interestingly, the latter play was in part prompted by the experiences of Elia Kazan, the director of the famous 1951 film of Tennessee Williams‘ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘.  Miller was also called to testify about his ‘un-American activities’.  Marilyn Monroe accompanied him, which would certainly have put her career at risk in those feverish time …

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