The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts: Penguin Modern Classics

Autor Arthur Miller
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 24 feb 2000
Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

A depiction of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour,The Crucibleis also a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America.
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ISBN-13: 9780141182551
ISBN-10: 0141182555
Pagini: 144
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 8 mm
Greutate: 0.11 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Seria Penguin Modern Classics

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

American dramatist Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915. In 1938 Miller won awards for his comedyThe Grass Still Grows. His major achievement wasDeath of a Salesman, which won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 1949 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.The Cruciblewas aimed at the widespread congressional investigation of subversive activities in the US; the drama won the 1953 Tony Award. Miller's autobiography,Timebends: A Lifewas published in 1987.


Chronology Introduction Historical, Social and Cultural Contexts Genre and Themes Play as Performance Production History Academic Debate Behind the scenes - Interview with Set Designer Soutra Gilmore on The Old Vic production of The Crucible, directed by Yaël Farber Further Study The Crucible Notes


Includes an interview with award-winning playwright and director Yael Farber about the 2014 production of the play at the Old Vic Theatre, London, in 2014


[The book has] extensive but not daunting information under headings such as Historical and Social Context, Genres and Themes and Performance History, among other aspects. It's clearly and accessibly written.


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Based on historical people and real events, Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.