The Arthur Miller Audio Collection

Version: Abridged
Author: Arthur Miller
Narrator: Theater Lincoln Center , Lee J. Cobb
Genres: Drama
Publisher: Caedmon
Published In: March 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Full cast recordings of two of Arthur Miller's greatest plays: Death of a Salesman and The Crucible
Featuring Lee J. Cobb (Willy Loman), Mildred Dunnock (Linda Loman), Dustin Hoffman (Bernard) and Jerome Dempsey (Reverend Parris)

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winner, Death of a Salesman, which he describes as "the tragedy of a man who gave his life, or sold it" in pursuit of the American Dream, is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago. Directed by Ulu Grosbard and recorded in 1965, this recording includes an introduction read by Arthur Miller.

The Crucible, first produced in 1953, is Miller's most produced play, addressing mass hysteria, empty piety and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but that compels listeners to gather their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater can. This production was recorded in 1972 and was directed by John Berry.

*** Rental Subscribers: Please note that these two titles are labelled seperately in this package.

Death of a Salesman CDs 1,2
Cruicible CDs 1,2

Reviews (2)

Arthur Miller Audio Collection

Written by Anonymous on June 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I believe my major issue with this particular audio version was the sound. It was extremely difficult to hear at times, and the other times it sounded as if the actors were shouting (besides the "normal" Willy Lohman lines). I was so excited to rent this book because of the amazing actors attached to it (Lee J. Cobb, Dustin Hoffman, etc.), that the let down was enormous. I would suggest renting the paper version of the plays- it's easier to understand.

Arthur Miller Audio Collection

Written by Anonymous on September 14th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Of course the stories are great. These are, after all, by Arthur Miller. The problem is that they are recordings of live plays. The audio, especially on The Crucible, comes in and out. It is hard to hear, especially if you listen in the car, as I imagine most who listen to these CDs do. I had to continually raise and lower the volume. The Death of a Saleman's audio track is much better. And, what a great story. It does ring true today!

Author Details

Author Details

Miller, Arthur

"Arthur Miller is a well renowned play write. He wrote many plays, his best being Death of a Salesman. It ""stunned audiences with its brilliance and was quickly earmarked as a classic of the modern theatre""(imagi-nation.com). In 1943 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman. ""He has come to be considered one of the greatest dramatists in the history of the American Theater, and his plays, a fusion of the naturalistic and expressionistic techniques, continue to be widely produced""(imagi-nation.com). Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as an allegory for the McCarthy era and the Salem Witch trial hysteria and uses motifs in Death of a Salesman to point to an underlying ideas as well as verbal and symbolic technique help back these ideas. Miller was denied a passport to see the premeir of The Crucible and was under scrutiny with Congress because on an ongoing investigation of Communism in the arts. Miller was married to Actress Marylin Monroe for 5 years and in the 1950's he began writing screen plays one of which he wrote a part in for Marylin. During the filming of Misfits Monroe was heavely using drugs and their marriage begain to crumble. They were divorced in 1961.

McCarthyism took place throughout the 1940's and 1950's during the threat of Communism. Senator Joseph McCarthy made an accusation that there were hundreds of Communists that had infiltrated into the United States. This theory of his was later proven to be untrue, but his zealous campaigning style ushered one of the most repressive times in the 20th century American Politics. McCarthyism is known as the paranoid hunt for infiltrators and was especially hard on writers of this time because some were accused of being communist sympathizers and were unable to write and had their passports taken away. (American Masters). "