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The Crucible
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The Crucible
A Play in Four Acts
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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community

The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.
First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.
"A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post
A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community

The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.
First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.
"A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post
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    THE CRUCIBLE

    ARTHUR MILLER was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1965), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), and The American Clock (1980). He has also written two novels, Focus (1945) and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books of photographs by Inge Morath. His most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr. Peters' Connections (1999), Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944-2000, and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.


    CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY has published more than twenty books on British and American culture. His works include studies of African-American writing, American theater, English drama, and popular culture. He is the author of two novels, Hester and Pearl, and he has written plays for radio and television. He is also a regular broadcaster for the BBC. He is currently professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.

    BY ARTHUR MILLER

    DRAMA
    The Golden Years
    The Man Who Had All the Luck
    All My Sons
    Death of a Salesman
    An Enemy of the People (adaptation of a play by Ibsen)
    The Crucible
    A View from the Bridge
    After the Fall
    Incident at Vichy
    The Price
    The American Clock
    The Creation of the World and Other Business
    The Archbishop's Ceiling
    The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
    Broken Glass
    Mr. Peters' Connections


    ONE-ACT PLAYS
    A View from the Bridge, one act version, with A Memory of Two Mondays
    Elegy for a Lady (in Two-Way Mirror)
    Some Kind of Love Story (in Two-Way Mirror)
    I Can't Remember Anything (in Danger: Memory!)
    Clara (in Danger: Memory!)
    The Last Yankee


    OTHER WORKS
    Situation Normal
    The Misfits (a cinema novel)
    Focus (a novel)
    I Don't Need You Anymore (short stories)
    In the Country (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    Chinese Encounters (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    In Russia (reportage with Inge Morath photographs)
    Salesman in Beijing (a memoir)
    Timebends (autobiography)
    Homely Girl, A Life (novella)
    Echoes Down the Corridor (essays)
    On Politics and the Art of Acting


    COLLECTIONS
    Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (Volumes I and II)
    The Portable Arthur Miller
    The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (Robert Marin, editor)


    VIKING CRITICAL LIBRARY EDITIONS
    Death of a Salesman (edited by Gerald Weales)
    The Crucible (edited by Gerald Weales)


    TELEVISION WORKS
    Playing for Time


    SCREENPLAYS
    The Misfits
    Everybody Wins
    The Crucible

    Table of Contents

    Cover

    About the Authors

    Also by Arthur Miller

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Introduction

    A Note on the Historical Accuracy of This Play


    ACT ONE - (AN OVERTURE)

    ACT TWO

    ACT THREE

    ACT FOUR


    ECHOES DOWN THE CORRIDOR

    THE...

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