Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry: Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American Literature

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on works of American author Arthur Miller given at the British Academy's 2009 Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American Literature. This text attempts to explore Miller's supposed realism, his language, and his thirst for the poetic. It explains that though Miller may be one of the most distinguished playwrights America has produced, he is also one of the most criticised. His early canonical work was often treated with condescension or political disdain and he was dismissed by a number of influential American critics as prosaic, a simple realist.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Academy
EditorsRon Johnston
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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