The Crucible

A play in four acts

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
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 (1963),
Incident at Vichy (1964),
The Price (1968),
The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and
The American Clock. He has also written two novels,
Focus (1945), and
The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for
In Russia (1969),
Chinese Encounters (1979), and
In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. More recent works include a memoir,
Timebends (1987), and the plays
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991),
The Last Yankee (1993),
Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and
Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). His latest book is
On Politics and the Art of Acting. Miller was granted with the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 152
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.1976
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-048138-9
Reihe Penguin Plays
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 19,8/12,9/0,9 cm
Gewicht 118 g
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