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Arthur Miller for Death of a SalesmanBorn in Manhattan in 1915, Arthur Millerís career began as a student at the University of Michigan where he received several awards for playwriting. His first play, The Man Who Had All the Luck, only ran for one week in 1944. However, Millerís next play, All My Sons, was highly regarded, receiving the New York Drama Criticsí Circle Award and two Tony Awards in 1947. His next work, Death of a Salesman, opened on Broadway in 1949 garnering a Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Millerís early plays include The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Archbishopís Ceiling, The American Clock and Playing for Time. His later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peterís Connections, Resurrection Blues, and Finishing the Picture. Millerís other works include the novel Focus, the screenplay The Misfits, and the memoir Timebends: A Life. Miller passed away on Feb. 10, 2005, on the 56th anniversary of Death of a Salesmanís 1949 Broadway opening.

Among many other honors, Miller received three Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, an Obie, the George Foster Peabody Award, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Alley Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award, the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Prix Moliere of the French theatre. Later in life, Miller was named the Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, given the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, and the Jerusalem Prize.

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