“Tough, very moving . . . A book and a half. Arthur Miller is that very rare bird, a truly independent man.” Harold Pinter
“The personality revealed by this fine autobiography is wholly admirable.” Anthony Burgess
“As wise and witty and funny and brave as any of his plays . . . Surely one of the great stories of our time.” Louis Auchincloss
The definitive memoir of Arthur Millerthe famous playwright of The Crucible, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge,
and other playsTimebends
reveals Miller’s incredible trajectory as a man and a writer.
Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem
in the 1920s and 1930s, developed leftist political convictions during the Great Depression, achieved moral victory against McCarthyism in the 1950s, and became president of PEN International near the end of his life, fighting for writers’ freedom of expression. Along the way, his prolific output established him as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth centuryhe wrote twenty-two plays, various screenplays, short stories, and essays, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesman
and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 for All My Sons.
Miller also wrote the screenplay for The Misfits,
Marilyn Monroe’s final film.
This memoir also reveals the incredible host of notables that populated his life, including Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Leaving behind a formidable reputation in the worlds of theater, cinema, and politics, Arthur Miller died in 2005 but his memoir continues his legacy.