Arthur Miller

Playwright and Essayist

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), and A View from the Bridge (one-act, 1955; revised two-act, 1956).… Read More

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1915 Birth Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the second of three children of Augusta (Barnett) and Isidore Miller. … Read More


1932 16 Years Old After graduating in 1932 from Abraham Lincoln High School, he worked at several menial jobs to pay for his college tuition. … Read More


1937 21 Years Old In 1937, Miller wrote Honors at Dawn, which also received the Avery Hopwood Award.
1938 22 Years Old After his graduation in 1938, he joined the Federal Theater Project, a New Deal agency established to provide jobs in the theater. … Read More
1940 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1940, Miller married Mary Grace Slattery. … Read More


1947 - 1949 3 More Events
1952 36 Years Old In 1952, Elia Kazan appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); unwilling to risk his promising career in Hollywood for the Communist cause that he had come to despise, Kazan named eight members of the Group Theatre, including Clifford Odets, Paula Strasberg, Lillian Hellman, J. … Read More
1953 37 Years Old The Crucible, in which Miller likened the situation with the House Un-American Activities Committee to the witch hunt in Salem in 1692, opened at the Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953. … Read More
1954 38 Years Old The HUAC took an interest in Miller himself not long after The Crucible opened, denying him a passport to attend the play's London opening in 1954. … Read More


1956 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1956, Miller left his first wife, Mary Slattery, and on June 29 he married Marilyn Monroe. They had met on April 23, 1951, when they had a brief affair, and had remained in contact since then.
1957 - 1962 4 More Events
1964 48 Years Old In 1964 After the Fall was produced, and is said to be a deeply personal view of Miller's experiences during his marriage to Monroe. … Read More
1965 49 Years Old In 1965, Miller was elected the first American president of PEN International, a position which he held for four years.


1966 50 Years Old A year later, Miller organized the 1966 PEN congress in New York City.
1968 52 Years Old Miller also wrote the penetrating family drama, The Price, produced in 1968. … Read More
1969 53 Years Old In 1969, Miller's works were banned in the Soviet Union after he campaigned for the freedom of dissident writers. … Read More
1972 56 Years Old Both his 1972 comedy The Creation of the World and Other Business and its musical adaptation, Up from Paradise, were critical and commercial failures.


1978 - 1993 5 More Events
1998 82 Years Old Miller was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist in 1998.
1999 83 Years Old In 1999, Miller was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life."
2001 85 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) selected Miller for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. … Read More
2002 86 Years Old On May 1, 2002, Miller was awarded Spain's Principe de Asturias Prize for Literature as "the undisputed master of modern drama." … Read More
2004 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 2004, 89-year-old Miller announced that he had been in love with 34-year-old minimalist painter Agnes Barley and had been living with her at his Connecticut farm since 2002, and that they intended to marry. … Read More
2005 89 Years Old 1 More Event
Christopher Bigsby wrote Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography based on boxes of papers Miller made available to him before his death in 2005. … Read More
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