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The Crucible

A Play in Four Acts

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community

A Penguin Classic


 

"I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history," Arthur Miller wrote in an introduction to
The Crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.

 

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence.

 

Written in 1953,
The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing: "Political opposition...is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Portrait
Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include 
All My Sons (1947), 
Death of a Salesman (1949),
The Crucible (1953),
A View from the Bridge and
A Memory of Two Mondays (1955),
After the Fall (1963),
Incident at Vichy (1964),
The Price (1968),
The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and
The American Clock (1980). He also wrote two novels,
Focus (1945), and
The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for
In Russia (1969),
Chinese Encounters (1979), and
In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. His later work included a memoir, 
Timebends (1987); the plays
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991),
The Last Yankee (1993),
Broken Glass (1994), and
Mr. Peter's Connections (1999); 
Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944–2000; and 
On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Miller was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003.

Christopher Bigsby is a professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's 
The Crucible, 
Death of a Salesman, and 
All My Sons.
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    ARTHUR MILLER was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1965), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), and The American Clock (1980). He has also written two novels, Focus (1945) and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books of photographs by Inge Morath. His most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr. Peters' Connections (1999), Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944-2000, and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

    CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY has published more than twenty books on British and American culture. His works include studies of African-American writing, American theater, English drama, and popular culture. He is the author of two novels, Hester and Pearl, and he has written plays for radio and television. He is also a regular broadcaster for the BBC. He is currently professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.

    BY ARTHUR MILLER

    DRAMA
    The Golden Years
    The Man Who Had All the Luck
    All My Sons
    Death of a Salesman
    An Enemy of the People (adaptation of a play by Ibsen)
    The Crucible
    A View from the Bridge
    After the Fall
    Incident at Vichy
    The Price
    The American Clock
    The Creation of the World and Other Business
    The Archbishop's Ceiling
    The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
    Broken Glass
    Mr. Peters' Connections

    ONE-ACT PLAYS
    A View from the Bridge, one act version, with A Memory of Two Mondays
    Elegy for a Lady (in Two-Way Mirror)
    Some Kind of Love Story (in Two-Way Mirror)
    I Can't Remember Anything (in Danger: Memory!)
    Clara (in Danger: Memory!)
    The Last Yankee

    OTHER WORKS
    Situation Normal
    The Misfits (a cinema novel)
    Focus (a novel)
    I Don't Need You Anymore (short stories)
    In the Country (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    Chinese Encounters (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    In Russia (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    Salesman in Beijing (a memoir)
    Timebends (autobiography)
    Homely Girl, A Life (novella)
    Echoes Down the Corridor (essays)
    On Politics and the Art of Acting

    COLLECTIONS
    Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (Volumes I and II)
    The Portable Arthur Miller
    The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (Robert Marin, editor)

    VIKING CRITICAL LIBRARY EDITIONS
    Death of a Salesman (edited by Gerald Weales)
    The Crucible (edited by Gerald Weales)

    TELEVISION WORKS
    Playing for Time

    SCREENPLAYS
    The Misfits
    Everybody Wins
    The Crucible

    Table of Contents

    Cover

    About the Authors

    Also by Arthur Miller

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Introduction

    A Note on the Historical Accuracy of This Play

    ACT ONE - (AN OVERTURE)

    ACT TWO

    ACT THREE

    ACT FOUR

    ECHOES DOWN THE CORRIDOR

    THE CRUCIBLE

    APPENDIX - ACT Two, SCENE 2

    INTRODUCTION

    In 1692 nineteen men and women and two dogs were convicted and hanged for witchcraft in a small village in eastern Massachusetts. By the standards of our own time, if not of that, it was a minor event, a spasm of judicial violence that was concluded within a matter of months. The bodies were buried in shallow graves or not at all, as a further indication that the convicted had not only forfeited participation in the community of man in this life, but in the community of saints in the next. Just how shallow those graves were, however, is evident from the fa
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 143
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 25.03.2003
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-243733-9
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 19.8/12.8/1.4 cm
Gewicht 149 g
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