During the first decade of the twenty- first century, critical evaluation of Arthur Miller’s plays continued at a rapid pace. Many factors contributed to the ongoing interest in Miller’s entire oeuvre, particularly Salesman and Crucible. There were major Broadway and London revivals of both plays. The Arthur Miller Society continued sponsorship of international conferences, and the papers produced at those colloquies led to the publication of significant criticism. For example, the 2003 conference in Wisconsin spawned a collection of critical essays, Miller and Middle America. Miller himself continued to write new plays and essays until his death on 10 February 2005, coincidentally the same date as the Broadway premiere of Death of a Salesman in 1949. Miller’s passing has generated a re- evaluation of his place in the pantheon of world playwrights and writers. Various forms of literary criticism emerged during the decade: fulllength critical studies, collections of essays focusing solely on Miller, individual essays in periodicals, biographies, and student handbooks to the plays. Miller’s work continues to be approached from a range of perspectives. Critics explored such topics as the American Dream, business ethics and father/son conflicts in Salesman; Crucible engendered discussion of the heroic nature of John Proctor and the play’s religious and political themes.
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