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A canon of serious American drama, inaugurated by O’Neill, Wilder, Hellman, and others in the early twentieth century, was significantly strengthened by the contributions of two giants of the post-WWII stage, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Williams, the gay Southerner, invested in the sweeping romance of grand dreams, betrayed hope, and failed escape; and Miller, the Jewish New Yorker combining realism and experimentation to challenge complacent mid-century audiences, both approached their vocation from divergent standpoints but shared the ability to enthrall audiences with their dramatic output throughout the golden age of American drama in the late 1940s and 1950s.
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Barnes, Clive. “Theater: Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price.’” New York Times, February 8, 1968: 37.
———. “Willy Loman, Walter Younger, and He Who Must Live.” Village Voice, August 12, 1959: 7–8.
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. 1949. New York: Penguin, 1976, 1998.
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. 1947. Plays, 1937–1955. New York: Library of America, 2000. 467–564.
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