The Writer Who Wrote More than He Meant to Write On Arthur Miller's Broken Glass

The Writer Who Wrote More than He Meant to Write On Arthur Miller's Broken Glass THE WRITER WHO WROTE MORE THAN HE MEANT TO WRITE ON ARTHUR MILLER'S BROKEN GLASS Introduction Arthur Miller, born in I9 I 5, is one of the leading playwrights of the last century. I His work has often been performed all over the world. Plays like Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge have made an indelible impression. In I994 one of his last works, Broken Glass, was published. 2 Miller wrote this playas a warning against the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, and fascism. Broken Glass, too, has been staged throughout the world, but has drawn less attention than many of his other works. This is remarkable for two reasons. First, the fact that Miller addresses a Jewish theme so explicitly, and second, how he treats this theme in Broken Glass. Miller has never made a secret of his Jewish background. He has never avoided Jewish themes. 3 However, Miller opts expressly for a universal- istic approach to the themes which he addresses in his plays. It is therefore striking - and innovative - that Miller broaches an explicit Jewish subject so emphatically in Broken Glass. As yet this innovation in his work http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Zutot Brill

The Writer Who Wrote More than He Meant to Write On Arthur Miller's Broken Glass

Zutot , Volume 2 (1): 209 – Jan 1, 2002

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© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1571-7283
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1875-0214
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THE WRITER WHO WROTE MORE THAN HE MEANT TO WRITE ON ARTHUR MILLER'S BROKEN GLASS Introduction Arthur Miller, born in I9 I 5, is one of the leading playwrights of the last century. I His work has often been performed all over the world. Plays like Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge have made an indelible impression. In I994 one of his last works, Broken Glass, was published. 2 Miller wrote this playas a warning against the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, and fascism. Broken Glass, too, has been staged throughout the world, but has drawn less attention than many of his other works. This is remarkable for two reasons. First, the fact that Miller addresses a Jewish theme so explicitly, and second, how he treats this theme in Broken Glass. Miller has never made a secret of his Jewish background. He has never avoided Jewish themes. 3 However, Miller opts expressly for a universal- istic approach to the themes which he addresses in his plays. It is therefore striking - and innovative - that Miller broaches an explicit Jewish subject so emphatically in Broken Glass. As yet this innovation in his work

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