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Presence: Collected Stories

Presence: Collected Stories (Hardback)

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In his lifetime the great American playwright Arthur Miller published two highly regarded collections of stories, I Don't Need You Any More (1967) and Homely Girl, a Life (1995). Shortly after his death in 2005 a final collection, Presence (2007), appeared. Now, all eighteen of these stories are gathered together in one volume for the first time, including the six from Presence, previously only published in the USA. In his plays Miller took on the big themes of the day, putting stories of the Depression, wartime deceit and the McCarthy era on stage with an energy and passion not seen before and rarely since. In these stories he turns his attention to smaller, more intimate themes, yet still brings to bear the profound insight, humanism, empathy and wit of his work for the theatre. Including the early, O. Henry Award-winning 'I Don't Need You Anymore', the original story of 'The Misfits' on which the film was based, and the beautiful late story ' Presence', this collection offers a fresh perspective on the great writer and his work, here informed by an unusual sensuality and delicacy.

When Homely Girl, a Life was published in America the critic for the New York Times wrote of those three stories: 'The ability to sum up in clear, unequivocal prose the essence of emotion, a situation, a theme - characteristic of Mr Miller's best writing - makes the reader wish that these stories were longer, and that there were more of them.' At last there are.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 05/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9781408801543  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Arthur Miller was one of America's greatest playwrights, whose works include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and All My Sons. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In addition to the plays, his many other books included fiction, essays and the autobiography Time Bends. Bloomsbury will also publish his Journals in two volumes in 2010 and 2011.

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