Miller Memories

In my home library, I have a tattered paperback held together with sticky tape. It’s a Dell First Edition of Six Great Modern Plays including Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, a 1947 play by him that was twice adapted for film – in 1948 and again in 1987. All My Sons Trailer (1986)

I’m remembering it on a very special day, the centenary of his birth on October 17, 1915. His picture alongside dates back to 1966.

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According to Wikipedia sources, “the play opened on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre in New York City on January 29, 1947, closed on November 8, 1947 and ran for 328 performances. It was directed by Elia Kazan (to whom it is dedicated), produced by Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman, and won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, beating Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. It starred Ed Begley, Beth Miller, Arthur Kennedy, and Karl Malden and won both the Tony Award for Best Author and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.”

In my later years, I was able to actually see another of his memorable plays – View from the Bridge. Between Broadway, New York and – across The Pond – in the West End Theatre District of London, I’ve managed to indulge myself in Miller’s sterling output of memorable plays.

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