New York Times drama critic Mel Gussow first met Arthur Miller in 1963 during rehearsals of After the Fall, the play inspired by Miller’s marriage to Marilyn Monroe. They then met regularly over the following forty years.
Conversations with Miller records what was discussed at more than a dozen of these meetings. In the book, the author of Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge and The Crucible is astonishingly candid about everything from the personal to the political: his successes and disappointments in theatre, his role as an advocate of human rights, his staunch resistance to the United States Congressional witch hunts of the 1950s. He also speaks forthrightly about his relationship with Monroe.
Personal, wise and often very funny, the result is a revealing self-portrait of one of the giants of twentieth-century literature, who was both a 'regular guy' and a fiercely original writer and thinker.
Published to mark the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, this new edition of Conversations of Miller features a new Foreword by Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, and an Afterword by publisher Nick Hern, in which both reflect on their own conversations with America’s greatest playwright.
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About the Author
Mel Gussow wrote the three previous volumes in this series, Conversations with Pinter, Conversations with Stoppard and Conversations with (and about) Beckett. He is also the author of the biography, Edward Albee: A Singular Journey and Gambon: A Life in Acting. He was the co-editor for the Library of America’s two-volume edition of the plays of Tennessee Williams.
His other books include Theatre On The Edge: New Visions, New Voices, a collection of theatre reviews and essays, and Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking: A Biography of Darryl F. Zanuck. He also wrote numerous profiles for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.
As a longtime drama critic for The New York Times, Mel Gussow was the recipient of the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller grant and other awards. In 2007, he was posthumously inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.