Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son. Death of a Salesman is a 1949 stage play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival. It is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.
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About Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller (1915–2005)
was born in New York City, studied at the University of Michigan, and received
honorary degrees from both Oxford and Harvard. He was a multi-award-winning
author, having won the Avery Hopwood Award, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime
Achievement Award, two Emmy Awards, two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards,
three Tony Awards, and countless others.
About Thomas Mitchell
Mitchell (1892-1962) was a celebrated American actor, playing many
famous roles in his long career, including Gerald O’Hara, father of Scarlett in
Gone with the Wind; Doc Boone in Stagecoach, for which he won an Oscar; and Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life. Mitchell also
frequently appeared on stage and on television.