Attention must be paid to this handsome first printing of the classic play by a giant of the American theater.
Fine in very good plus jacket.
"I realized what a ridiculous lie my life has been! We've been talking in a dream for fifteen years."
Tony and Pulitzer-winning, Academy Award-nominated, and hailed as one of "the century's most durable dramatic myths," DEATH OF A SALESMAN continues to exert its presence on stage, screen, and in classrooms (Ratcliffe). "Even if you don't know Willy Loman from Willie Nelson, you're living in a world shaped by SALESMAN," writes Julia Keller of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Arthur Miller, "always a willing critic of the injustices in the American system," uses the pressures of capitalism and masculinity to convey the tragic story of traveling salesman Willy Loman, who, after realizing his insurance policy is worth more to his family than his life, dies in a "shameful, culpably American suicide" (Otten and Ratcliffe). The play was an immediate hit upon its release; this copy is the first edition, first printing of it in book form, including glowing reviews of the play to the rear flap.
Read more: Michael Ratcliffe, "Arthur Miller," The Guardian; Terry Otten, "The Legacy of Arthur Miller," The Arthur Miller Journal vol. 7 no. 1/2; Julia Keller, "Why Miller Matters," The Chicago Tribune;
New York: The Viking Press, 1949. Death of a Salesman: Certain private conversations in two acts and a requiem. 8'' x 5.5''. Original orange cloth, stamped in grey. In original unclipped ($2.50) dust jacket. Jacket drawing by Joseph Hirsch. Pictorial endpapers. 139,  pages. Corners lightly bumped. Jacket shows minor scuffing and creasing, with small chips to spine ends.
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