The Crucible

The Crucible

By (author) Arthur Miller , Introduction by C W E Bigsby , Introduction by Christopher Bigsby

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community "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 with diabolical malevolence." For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 159g
  • 18 Jul 2005
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0142437336
  • 9780142437339
  • 8,459

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Arthur Miller (1915 2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include"All My Sons"(1947), "Death of a Salesman"(1949), "The Crucible" (1953), " A View from the Bridge" and" A Memory of Two Mondays "(1955), "After the Fall" (1963), "Incident at Vichy" (1964), "The Price" (1968), "The Creation of the World and Other Business" (1972) and "The American Clock" (1980). He also wrote two novels, " Focus" (1945), and "The Misfits," which was filmed in 1960, and the text for "In Russia" (1969), "Chinese Encounters" (1979), and "In the Country" (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. His later work included a memoir, "Timebends"(1987); the plays "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" (1991), "The Last Yankee" (1993), "Broken Glass" (1994), and "Mr. Peter's Connections" (1999);"Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944 2000"; and"On Politics and the Art of Acting"(2001). He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Miller was the recipient of the National Book Foundation s 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003. Christopher Bigsby is a professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's"The Crucible," "Death of a Salesman," and"All My Sons.""

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