Arthur Miller

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Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005)[1][2] was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.

Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe.

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Biography

Early life

Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City, the second of three children of Isidore and Augusta Miller, Polish-Jewish immigrants.[2] His father, an illiterate but wealthy businessman, owned a women's clothing store employing 400 people. The family, including his younger sister Joan, lived on East 110th Street in Manhattan and owned a summer house in Far Rockaway, Queens. They employed a chauffeur.[3] In the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the family lost almost everything and moved to Gravesend, Brooklyn.[4] As a teenager, Miller delivered bread every morning before school to help the family make ends meet.[3] After graduating in 1932 from Abraham Lincoln High School, he worked at several menial jobs to pay for his college tuition.[4][5]

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