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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry

Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry

Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American Literature

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(p.498) (p.499) Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures
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Christopher Bigsby

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.003.0016

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on works of American author Arthur Miller given at the British Academy's 2009 Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American Literature. This text attempts to explore Miller's supposed realism, his language, and his thirst for the poetic. It explains that though Miller may be one of the most distinguished playwrights America has produced, he is also one of the most criticised. His early canonical work was often treated with condescension or political disdain and he was dismissed by a number of influential American critics as prosaic, a simple realist.

Keywords:   Arthur Miller, realism, poetic, playwrights, canonical work, simple realist

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