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The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Penguin Publishing Group | October 28, 1976 | Trade Paperback

The Crucible is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.
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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.74 × 5.05 × 0.27 in

Published: October 28, 1976

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140481389

ISBN - 13: 9780140481389

Found in: American, American
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was o.k. This is a play, telling the story of the Salem witch trials of 1692. It was o.k. I don't usually read plays (though I think this was one I read in high school), so it was a bit different for me. Of course, in order to make it a play, a lot had to be cut out, and only certain people were focused on. There were definitely some dramatic moments that made it a little more exciting at various points. It's a quick read.
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If only there was an opportunity to choose 10 stars I do have to say that seeing this play preformed is ultimately and unequivocally more rewarding than reading it from a book. The emotions of the actors on stage (I saw it on stage before I read it and long before it was made into a movie) brings the words to life. That said, this is such a haunting tale. I know it was written right during the whole McCarthyism era in the USA and comparing the communist accusations to the Salem witch hunts is one of the best parallels I have seen. You see how it all gets away from Abagail so quickly and how easily a fear will spread through a community. And this play will stand the test of time as a comparison to modern attitudes. Look at how it compares to mainstream society in the US now. If I could give this play more stars, I totally would.
Date published: 2009-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from enjoyed The crucible - the famous allegory for the McCarthyism era - is a thought provoking play, from one of the most eminent American playwrights, based on the ignorance of man which still exists. I will not go into details concerning the relation between McCarthyism and "The Crucible" since I am reviewing the play; for further reference I suggest seeing the movie "Good Night and Good Luck." I liked the concept of the play but found the play itself rather dull for most part, even though the ending slightly reconciled me. The character cast is a miscellany from the grotesque to the simple and is my favourite aspect. Overall the story is quite shocking and I suggest reading it because of its allusion to the common man under excruciating circumstances rather than as literature.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! This dark play, set in Salem in the late 1600s is one of the best plays ever writen. Arthur Miller wrote it during the McCarthy era and there are many comparisons between the two time periods. Puritan beliefs, guilt, secrets, witchcraft and the devil all come together to make a play you'll never forget. Having read, acted in, and helped to stage this play, I can tell you first hand that this is a must have for all dramatists and anybody who apreciates the arts. If you have read any other of Arthur Miller's works -- Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, etc... Read this play!
Date published: 2006-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from best play read for school Throughout my days at school I have been forced to read books that were lacking so much subtance that i'd rather watch paint dry. However We read this plsy this year and i can truly say it is one of my favourites. It plays with your emotions and you never want to put it down
Date published: 2004-07-24

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The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.74 × 5.05 × 0.27 in

Published: October 28, 1976

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140481389

ISBN - 13: 9780140481389

About the Book

"Earlier version copyright under title Those familiar spirits"-- T.p. verso.

Read from the Book

THE CRUCIBLE 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 (1964), Incident at Vichy (1965), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), and The American Clock (1980). He has also written two novels, Focus (1945) and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books of photographs by Inge Morath. His most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr . Peters’ Connections (1999), Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944-2000, and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.   CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY has published more than twenty books on British and American culture. His works include studies of African-American writing, American theater, English drama, and popular culture. He is the author of two novels, Hester and Pearl, and he has written plays for radio and television. He is also a regular broadcaster for the BBC. He is currently professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. BY ARTHUR MILLER DRAMA The Gold
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Table of Contents

The Crucible
" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5" border="0"A Note on the Historical Accuracy of This Play
Act One (An Overture)
Act Two
Act Three
Act Four
Echoes Down the Corridor
Cast
Appendix

From the Publisher

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

About the Author

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.

From Our Editors

A meticulously constructed parallel, Arthur Miller's The Crucible took a serious shot at Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist trials by likening it to the madness and hysteria surrounding the witch hunts of colonial Salem, Mass. He tells the story of how fear and panic ran the town into a frenzy of accusations and moral ambiguity. The classic play curiously probes into the very nature of the hunts, exploring the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. So powerful, The Crucible coaxes out reactions and feelings in a way only great works can.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18