Arthur Miller

1915 (New York) – 2005 (Roxbury, Conn.)

Miller was one of the U.S’s great playwrights. He never met O’Neill (both wanted to), but corresponded. Kazan had been a close friend and collaborator — Miller never fully forgave him for testifying against his (and others’) socialist sympathies. Steinbeck defended him, while Miller himself persuaded the authorities to allow the communist Neruda in to the U.S. He travelled to Turkey with Pinter, met Havel in Prague, and visited Russian dissident writers including Mandelstam and Brodsky. Huston told him to get Monro off drugs (not realising he’d been trying). He put Hellman’s enmity down to his rebuffing of her advances.

Arthur Miller knew…