A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics: On Arthur Miller

By Spenser Stevens | November 30 2023 | General

Because what you read matters.


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In 1949, Viking published Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. More than seventy years later, Penguin Classics and Penguin Books continue to publish Arthur Miller’s plays, taught in classrooms where students and teachers engage with these unforgettable stories and characters and discover new meaning and relevance through reading and performance.

Now available online from Penguin Random House Education is An Educator’s Guide to Arthur Miller: Exploring Plays as Authors, Activists, and Artists by Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz, lecturer in the graduate program in educational theatre at The City College of New York and mentor for the Arthur Miller Foundation Fellows Program. This resource highlights Arthur Miller’s classics, including All My Sons, A View from the Bridge, An Enemy of the People, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.

We are proud to support the Arthur Miller Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide theater arts education in public schools in New York and Connecticut. Learn about their work supporting teachers and students here.

There are so many great productions of Arthur Miller’s plays for the stage and screen. What are some of your favorites? Two of ours include the 2017 Broadway production of The Price starring Mark Ruffalo and the 2022 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman featuring Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, and André De Shields.

Arthur Miller’s plays are available in different editions, and artists through the years have been inspired by these classics. Check out illustrative cover art by Jim Tierney, Eric Nyquist, and Riccardo Vecchio.

In 1964, Arthur Miller was the first American appointed president of PEN International. PEN America’s annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture was delivered this year by MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In her foreword “Letter to a Young Playwright” in The Penguin Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage writes, “His work reminds us that theater should be a place of transformation, a place where we can collectively explore society’s wounds, unearth difficult truths, and wrestle with untidy human emotions.”

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