The Viking Critical Library edition of Arthur Miller's dramatic recreation of the Salem witch trials contains the complete text of The Crucible, as well as extensive critical and contextual material about play and playwright including the following. Selections from Miller's writings on his most frequently performed play. Essays on the historical background of The Crucible, including personal narratives by participants in the trials and records of witchcraft in Salem from the original documents. Reviews of The Crucible in production by Brooks Atkinson, Walter Kerr, Eric Bentley, and others. Excerpts from Jean-Paul Sarte's Les Sorcieres de Salem, a "spin-off" of Miller's play, and three analagous works by Twain, Shaw, and Budd Schulberg. Critical essays on the play, on Miller, and on the play in the context of Miller's oeuvre. An introduction by the editor, a chronology, a list of topics for discussions and papers prepared by Malcolm Cowley, and a bibliography.
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