Friday, February 11, 2005

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller has died at the age of 89.

Along with Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller defined American playwriting and gave it a place in the world. His works such as Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible gave insight to more than just the interactions of characters. He put the psyche of the American Dream on the stage and examined it carefully and critically, and the characters he created were both personal reflections on his own life and our society.

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Miller at the 1995 William Inge Theatre Festival and talking to him late into the evening in the lobby of the Apple Tree Inn. I am humbled to have been in the same vocation as this gracious and gifted writer.