Arthur Miller was a prominent American playwright and author. Miller's best-known works were “Death of a Salesman," and "The Crucible," which are still widely studied and performed.Youth and educationArthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, to a low-income Jewish family in New York. His father was a clothing manufacturer who was ruined during the Depression. She appeared in some of her brother's plays.Arthur graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School near Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. He applied to, and was subsequently rejected by, the University of Michigan and Cornell University. He then reapplied to the University of Michigan and was accepted in 1934.Miller studied journalism and drama. He wrote his first work in 1936, entitled “No Villain," for which he won the Avery Hopwood Award, the first of two he would receive. In 1938, Miller received his bachelor's degree in English. Miller was exempted from military service during World War II because of an old football injury.A career — and troublesMiller wrote the play, “All My Sons,” in 1947, and became a huge success. In January 1953, “The Crucible” opened on Broadway.In June 1956, Miller was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Court of Appeals.In 1956, Miller divorced his wife. He married Marilyn Monroe on June 29, 1956. However, they were divorced in 1961, after he had left her for photographer Inge Morath.Miller married Morath in 1962, and they had two children. His daughter, Rebecca Miller, is a screenwriter, director and actor.Arthur remained married to Inge until her death in 2001. Miller is remembered as one of the most notable playwrights in American history.
See also Lillian Hellman.