The Crucible

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/10/1976

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community

The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft--and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.

First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.

"A drama of emotional power and impact" --New York Post

ISBN:
9780140481389
9780140481389
Category:
Plays
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-10-1976
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
198.12x127x7.62mm
Weight:
0.11kg
Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was one of America's leading dramatist.

His plays include Death of a Salesman (1940), The Crucible (1953) and A View From the Bridge (1955).

He is also the author of a novel, Focus (1945), and several non-fiction works.

Miller adapted the screenplay for The Misfits from his own short story.

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