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Famous playwright Arthur Miller’s birthday is still celebrated

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Before Arthur Miller started his playwright career he was a journalist. Miller was known as innovative realistic historical fiction playwright. Pictures from biography.com and collage by Courtney Pedersen.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 marks what would be famous playwright Arthur Miller’s 102 birthday. Arthur Miller has achieved several different literary accomplishments in his 92 years of life and is still be celebrated as an iconic playwright even after his death.

On October 17 1915, Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York to Isidore Miller and Augusta Miller, to a family of Polish and Jewish descent.

As college student he attended University of Michigan, writing for their newspaper and winning the school’s Avery Hopwood Award for his play No Villain. Miller’s career as playwright started at Michigan as he continued to build his knowledge by taking classes from professor and famous playwright, Kenneth Rowe.

After college he moved back to New York to begin his writing. Miller’s career launched in 1944 with his show The Man Who Had All the Luck, which was his Broadway debut. He continued on through the years writing many more well known works, such as Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, After the Fall, All My Sons, and The Price.

Arthur Miller’s continues to live on through his work which is read in classrooms and performed in theatres. Many schools require The Crucible to be read as supplement knowledge of the Salem Witch Trials. Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and The Crucible are still very popular in the world of performing and are highly demanded by audiences.

Arthur Miller is a figure of entertainment and an innovator of theatre. Happy 102 birthday Arthur Miller.

Courtney Pedersen

My name is Courtney Pedersen and I'm a senior. For the Reflection I primarily write news and feature stories. I am the news and media editor. I also am heavily involved in TAB, PAC, Spanish Club and the literary magazine.


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