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The Crucible

The Crucible

The Crucible is Miller's classic dramatisation of the witch-hunt and trials that besieged the Puritan community of Salem in 1692. This edition features an extensive introduction and notes by Susan Abbotson, making it perfect for students of literature and drama.

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ISBN 9781408108390
Published 12 August 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Miller, Arthur
Edited by Abbotson, Susan C. W.
Series Student Editions
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ISBN-13 9781408108390
ISBN-10 1408108399
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Methuen Drama
Publication Date 12 August 2010
International Publication Date 30 April 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Miller, Arthur
Edited by Abbotson, Susan C. W.
Series Student Editions
Category Drama Texts, Plays
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Miller, Arthur, Witchcraft - Massachusetts - Salem
NBS Text Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 812.52
Catalogue Code 108405

Description of this Book

In a small tight-knit community gossip and rumour spread like wildfire inflaming personal grievances until no-one is safe from accusation and vengeance. The Crucible is Miller's classic dramatisation of the witch-hunt and trials that besieged the Puritan community of Salem in 1692. Seen as a chilling parallel to the McCarthyism and repressive culture of fear that gripped America in the 1950s, the play's timeless relevance and appeal remains as strong as when the play opened on Broadway in 1953. This Student Edition features an extensive introduction by Susan Abbotson which includes: a chronology of Miller's life and times; a summary of the plot, commentary on the characters, themes, language, context and production history of the play. Together with questions for further study and notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the essential text of the play for students of literature and drama.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'The uniform structure and consistent approach eveident in these [first] four volumes make them readable and accessible to students and scholars alike and guarantee that these editions will certainly persist as invaluable tools for those who both enjoy Miller as a dramatist and study him as a significant social and American spokesperson.' The Arthur Miller Journal, fall 2010
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was arguably the greatest American playwright of the twentieth century. Six volumes of his plays and a volume of his theatre essays are published by Methuen Drama. Susan C. W. Abbotson is Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature at Rhode Island College, USA.

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