Nathan Abrams

Writer as Intellectual

Arthur Miller: 1962–2005

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In his native country, the Left revere Arthur Miller as a paragon of liberal resistance to Cold War anticommunism, while the Right paint him as an overrated and subversive playwright who traded on his public relationship with Marilyn Monroe to earn an unwarranted reputation. The man who emerges from Christopher Bigsby’s well-written and very readable biography, however, is more complex than either of these caricatures.

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