Arthur Miller was born October 17, 1915
in New York City. He began writing at a very early age, and by the time he graduated from the
University of Michigan he had begun to receive recognition as a playwright. In 1949, after returning
to New York, he published his most famous work, Death of A Salesman, a critique of the industry-driven
society of the city. This play received numerous awards for its literary merit, including the
Pulitzer Prize for drama. Many critics regard Death of A Salesman as the perfect embodiment
of the modern American drama. Though some criticize Miller for his colloquial tone and mundane
images, Miller's distinctly modern plays continue to find applause among students, teachers, and dramatists.
He would go on to publish The Crucible, an account of the Salem Witch Trials, which in popularity
is probably a close second to Death of A Salesman. Though Miller has more recently tried
his hand at novel writing, he is still best known for his thematic plays, which usually comment on the
dark nature of contemporary American society.