The Crucible

The Crucible

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140481389
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up

Overview

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
The Crucible

The Crucible

Arthur Miller

Series

Plays, Penguin
Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Table of Contents

The CrucibleIntroduction
Chronology
I. THE CRUCIBLE: THE TEXT

A Note on the Text
II. THE CRUCIBLE: CRITICISM AND ANALOGUES

Miller on The Crucible
Many Writers: Few Plays
Introduction to Collected Plays
Brewed in The Crucible
[More on Danforth]
After the Fall (excerpt)

III. THE CRUCIBLE IN PRODUCTION: COMMENTS AND REVIEWS

Henry Hewes, Arthur Miller and How He Went to the Devil
Walter Kerr, The Crucible
Brooks Atkinson, At the Theatre
Brooks Atkinson, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in a New Edition
New York Post, Witchcraft and Stagecraft
Joseph T. Shipley, Arthur Miller’s New Melodrama Is Not What It Seems to Be
Eric Bentley, The Innocence of Arthur Miller
Robert Warshow, The Liberal Conscience in The Crucible
Harold Hobson, Fair Play
Herbert Blau, Counterforce I: The Social Drama
Marcel Aymeé, I Want to Be Hanged Like a Witch
Jean SElz, Raymond Rouleau Among the Witches
THE CRUCIBLE IN RETROSPECT: ESSAYS ON THE PLAY

David Levin, Salem Witchcraft in Recent Fiction and Drama
Penelope Curtis, The Crucible
Stephen Fender, Precision and Pseudo Precision in The Crucible

THE CRUCIBLE IN RETROSPECT: ESSAYS ON THE PLAYWRIGHT

William Wiegand, Arthur Miller and the Man Who Knows
Richard H. Rovere, Arthur Miller’s Conscience
Albert Hunt, Realism and Intelligence
Gerald Weales, Arthur Miller: Man and His Image
Lee Baxandall, Arthur Miller: Still the Innocent

CONTEXTS OF THE CRUCIBLE: HISTORICAL

A Note on Witchcraft
Records of Salem Witchcraft
Deodat Lawson, A Brief and True Narrative
Robert Calef, More Wonders of the Invisible World
John Hale, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft

CONTEXTS OF THE CRUCIBLE: CONTEMPORARY

Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun
Henry Steele Commager, Who Is Loyal to America?
Joseph R. McCarthy, Communists in the State Department
Whittaker Chambers, Witness
The Reporter, The Road to Damascus

THE CRUCIBLE: SPIN-OFFS

Bernard Stambler, The Crucible
Jean-Paul Sartre, On Les Sorcières de Salem; In Salem Prison

THE CRUCIBLE: ANALOGUES

Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan
Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
Budd Schulberg, Waterfront

Topics for Discussion and Papers
Bibliography

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