This is the first book to provide a critical history of one of
American theatre's most famous plays, Death of a Salesman. Brenda Murphy offers a detailed account of the most
significant Salesman productions throughout the world, on the stage as well as on film, radio, and television.
The Death of a Salesman first realized on stage was the culmination of the creative collaboration of playwright Arthur
Miller, director Elia Kazan, and actor Lee J. Cobb, and was the starting point for hundreds of productions in many languages
and styles. The play has also provided a number of memorable interpretations by actors such as Dustin Hoffman, George C. Scott,
Fredric March, and Mel Gibson.
valuable archival resources, including notebooks, drafts of the script, and director's notes, Murphy explores in detail
the genesis of the first production and the role of subsequent performances in the development of American theatre. Important
foreign language productions are also examined, especially as they reflect their social and cultural environment. The
volume includes a chronology, bibliography, discography, videography, and photographs from key productions.
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