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After the Fall, Final Stage Version: A Play in Two Acts e-book

Author:

Arthur Miller

Language:

English

Category:

Other

Subcategory:

Humanities

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1500 kb

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Rating:

4.2

Publisher:

Viking Press; 1st edition (February 11, 1964)

Pages:

130

ISBN:

0670109037

After the Fall, Final Stage Version: A Play in Two Acts e-book

by Arthur Miller


Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" takes the form of an investigation into theĀ . Great book by Arthur Miller. You can see clearly that he is talking about his late wife, Marilyn Monroe.

Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" takes the form of an investigation into the forces which give rise to incomplete and destructive human relationships.

Act two. Penguin plays a view from the bridge. Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. A View from the Bridge. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Cnicible (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).

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The Crucible was aimed at the widespread congressional investigation of subversive activities in the US; the drama won the 1953 Tony Award. Miller's autobiography, Timebends: A Life was published in 1987.

After the Fall book

After the Fall presents the riveting struggle of a man attempting. When I picked out two Arthur Miller plays to read this year, I was consciously trying to avoid the one he wrote about his marriage with Marilyn Monroe. If Miller had simply written a play that had a little bit in common with his own life it wouldn't have mattered, but that he chose to write so transparently about his marriage, break-up and death of Marilyn so immediately after her death comes off as exploitation.

After the Fall is a play by the American dramatist Arthur Miller. The play premiered on Broadway at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, on January 23, 1964, and closed on May 29, 1964, after 208 performances. Directed by Elia Kazan, who also collaborated with Miller on the script, the cast starred Barbara Loden as Maggie and Jason Robards Jr. as Quentin, along with Ralph Meeker as Mickey, Salome Jens as Holga, and an early appearance by Faye Dunaway as Nurse.

Select Format: Hardcover. Release Date:January 1964. Publisher:Viking Press.

Published by THE VIKING PRESS, NY, 1964. Condition: GOOD MINUS Hardcover.

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After the Fall, a play in two acts by Arthur Miller, produced and published in 1964. The play presents retrospectively a series of encounters over a 25-year span between the protagonist, Quentin, a lawyer who is about 50 years old, and his intimate associates. His first wife, Louise, accuses him of failing to acknowledge her personhood. A friend from his days as a Communist Party member appears now as an informer before congressional investigators.

Commissioned for the opening production of the new Lincoln Center Repertory Company, After the Fall, a major work, is Arthur Miller's first full-length play since A View from the Bridge was produced on Broadway six years before. After the Fall was directed by Elia Kazan.
Mr Freeman
Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" takes the form of an investigation into the forces which give rise to incomplete and destructive human relationships. Its protagonist, Quentin, in whose mind the play is enacted, subscribes to a simple credo: "You tell the truth, even against yourself." The play is fabricated as a trial or, more fittingly, an inquest in which the moralist, Quentin, sits in judgment upon his own conscience, his own values, his own actions.

Quentin, now retired from the practice of law, examines and cross-examines all aspects of his being: his distorted emotions, marital complexities, and other intimate struggles. The result is that "After the Fall" becomes a big, demanding drama. When staged, the play typically occupies a full three and a half hours, time spent in a relentless search for answers. Has Quentin's life been lived in good faith? Can, in his remaining years, he reach beyond self-condemnation to some measure of hope? A tortured process of self-discovery finds him fighting against innate fear, his unwillingness to unearth what Miller labels "the seeds of his own destruction." It is a fundamental, personal need to know that serves as the backbone of this otherwise a loosely structured play. Whether you are reading the dialog and stage direction on the page, or are sitting in a theater audience, you will likely be engrossed in his journey, since this is your journey too.

For the personal is the universal. At the same time as we are learning of intimate events in Quentin's life, a universal drama unfolds. Miller's intent is for "After the Fall" to present a broad study of mankind's terrible predisposition to cruelty, our evasions of responsibility, and our final seizure by remorse. After wildly ranging over times past, the play returns us to the present where Quentin is considering marrying a German woman who survived the Holocaust -- an experience that permitted her to accept human blindness and failures. She is the catalyst helping him universalize his personal predicament. The climactic scene in this process finds Quentin pausing in the shadow of an imagined concentration camp tower looming over his meager self. He asks: "Who can be innocent again on this mountain of skulls? I tell you what I know! My brothers died here . . . but my brothers built this place; our hearts have cut these stones! And what's the cure!"

It is in "After the Fall" that Miller strives, with a greater urgency than in any of his other theater works, to enter into a dialog with essential works of twentieth-century thought and literature. Consider "Gerontion" (1920), in which T.S. Eliot posed the key question: "After such knowledge, what forgiveness?" Notice how, at the close of "After the Fall," Quentin seemingly confronts Eliot's entreaty: "Is the knowing all? And the wish to kill is never killed, but with some gift of courage one may look into its face when it appears, and with a stroke of love -- as to an idiot in the house -- forgive it; again and again . . . forever?"

Again and again: There was something in Miller's plea that reminded me of words uttered just a few years after the opening of "After the Fall." Before a stunned audience in Indianapolis, Indiana, on an evening in 1968 when news spread of the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination, Robert F. Kennedy spoke. Without notes, at first haltingly but then with earned authority, Kennedy urged upon us this credo:

"We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, to go beyond these rather difficult times . . . . Aeschylus once wrote: `Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom, through the awful grace of god.' What we need . . . is not division . . . not hatred . . . not violence and lawlessness . . . but is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another: A feeling of justice."
Jogrnd
I needed this or my class, I did not like the read, it was hard to follow but like I said I had to order it for class. Some of the pages came apart but thats ok, its used no bid deal. It did come in time so that was good, I was able to write my paper in time :)
Siratius
Great book by Arthur Miller. You can see clearly that he is talking about his late wife, Marilyn Monroe. It is a short read. I enjoyed it.
Akinozuru
Great writing. I bought it because I read that it was about Marilyn Monroe and very disparaging of her. I don't know how much of Marilyn is in the character in the play but I thought it was just a really good play about difficult grown up relationships.
Zaryagan
I had no idea Arthur Miller was even capable of writing such a self-indulgent play. The opening and earliest scenes are so promising, but it devolves into what might be one of the most woman-hating pieces of literature I have ever read. The cruelty and extreme egotism of his attitude towards Maggie (thinly disguised foil for his dead ex-wife, Marilyn Monroe) is beyond the pale. Apparently, Jacqueline Kennedy refused to ever speak to him again, because of his disloyalty to Marilyn, which just goes to show you how nasty a piece of work this play is. Two stars instead of one only because the stage directions are genius, and there's a remarkable quote from one character about loving your broken life, which is kind of an amazing thing to say. But really, all in all, this play only deserves two stars. It's not often you see a writer held in high esteem obliterate his own craft in such a bloated and reprehensible manner. Dialogue, too, is both overwrought and unnatural. Yikes.
Abuseyourdna
My very favorite play of Arthur Miller.. A quasi-autobiographical account of his personal relationships. One of a few literary works I have come across that I read again and again.
Nejind
This play, which takes place in the imaginal world of the character Quentin, is in a sense an ongoing self-analysis as he bravely re-collects how he has chosen to live, love, and relate to people. But beneath all the idealistic frenzy he discovers an "angel" who "brings us back exactly what we want to lose--and so you must love him, because he keeps truth in the world." Outstandingly penetrating and brilliantly written.
Great play. I love Arthur Millers work but this has to be one of my favorites of his. Really recommend this play. Ps: it's rumored to be written about his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. ;-)

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