Author(s): Arthur Miller; Susan C. W. Abbotson
The Crucible is a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America, published in Penguin Modern Classics.Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.If you enjoyed The Crucible, you might like Miller's Death of a Salesman, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'One of a handful of great plays that will both survive the twentieth century and bear witness to it'John Peter, Sunday Times
The play is a set text for GCSE Drama (CCEA) and is commonly studied in both English and Drama courses from GCSE and upwards An expertly edited edition of Miller's classic play, featuring a commentary and notes on the plot, context, themes, characters, language and genre of the work Miller is one of the great US dramatists of the 20th century whose work is studied and frequently performed by student groups and revived professionally Miller received every major award in his field, including three Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award and a John F. Kennedy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1984
'The uniform structure and consistent approach eveident in these [first] four volumes make them readable and accessible to students and scholars alike and guarantee that these editions will certainly persist as invaluable tools for those who both enjoy Miller as a dramatist and study him as a significant social and American spokesperson.' The Arthur Miller Journal, fall 2010
Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was arguably the greatest American playwright of the twentieth century. Six volumes of his plays and a volume of his theatre essays are published by Methuen Drama. Susan C. W. Abbotson is Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature at Rhode Island College, USA.