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The American Clock. Paperback – October 1, 1981

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; First Edition edition (October 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822200279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822200277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwrighting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also won an Obie award, a BBC Best Play Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Algur Meadows Award. He received honorary degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University and was awarded the Prix Moliere of the French theatre, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award and the Pulitzer Prize, as well as numerous other awards. He was named the Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. He was awarded the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters and the 2003 Jerusalem Prize.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I actually worked on this play a few years ago and it is an incredibly powerful and moving story of America during the Great Depression. It begins just before the crash and takes the audience through the tough years of unemployment and poverty. The play concentrates on one family and follows them throughout the year also stopping to look at other people in other parts of the world who are all affected by this tragedy. It is a really good play and I highly reccomend reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on April 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "The American Clock", Arthur Miller attempts to construct a panorama of the effect of the stock market crash in 1929, while recreating the plight of the people involved in the Great Depression. Regrettably, Miller tried to say too much about this historical period in too short of a performance.

The shifting scenes makes for a confusing storyline. While the story mainly follows one family, the scenes shift to financial barons and farmers at varying times without a clean break in the scene. This may be more palatable in a theatrical performance than in the book. In such a short story, it seems that we hardly got to know the characters. This story would seem to be an ideal prequel to "All My Sons", yet the story was not engaging. Miller had the right idea, but the wrong design.

There is a reason that small town theatre groups and major theatre companies do not often attempt this show. It lacks many of the characterstics that make Arthur Miller's work great. In his defense, Arthur Miller could not be expected to write a work as phenomenal as "Death of a Salesman" every time.
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