Miller: a rebel beyond Broadway

The undoubted coup of Daily Ireland’s early days was in attracting ude Collins away from his regular slot on page 2 of the Irish News. Today he writes on the man he sees as a quinntessential American rebel, playwright Arthur Miller.

He sees echoes in the paranoid atmosphere of Miller’s Crucible in contemporary Northern Ireland:

Criminality and evil, they say, and those who consort with criminals and evil-doers, must be cast out. The guilty ones in our society will be identified not by logic or legal process, but by the word of experts in such dark affairs. These experts cannot share their frightening knowledge with us because if they did it could destroy society. So they must keep what they know secret and we must take their word as to who the evildoers are and what they have done. If we don’t, our society is at risk.

  • peteb

    If you want to read an article on Arthur Miller, rather than Jude Collins’ disingenuous attempt to shoe-horn The Crucible into his interpretation of contemporary events, you could always read Philip French thoughts on one of the creative giants of the 20th century, Voice of America, from The Observer.

  • James

    The real story of that era was the Kazan-Monroe-Miller triangle through the Actor’s Studio. It’s one hell of a 50’s story of sex, commies, friendships and betrayal.

  • peteb

    As James points out, when Miller met Monroe she was sleeping with Elia Kazan.

    Miller wrote about seeing her at a party, held in his honour, shortly after that first meeting –

    “[She seemed] ludicrously provocative … if only because her dress was so blatantly tight, declaring rather than insinuating that she had brought her body along and that it was the best one in the room.”

    Elia Kazan is also said to have claimed to have spotted “the lovely light of lechery” in Miller’s eyes that night.

    Seems more than likely.

  • Davros

    I thought it was fair comment by Jude, who has a new book (Leave Of Absence) out soon, Pete.

  • peteb

    You may think that if you like, Davros.. as I’ve stated, it’s a disingenuous piece.

  • Jacko

    How does poaching Jude Collins from the Irish News amount to a coup? It’s like a third division football club signing Vinnie Jones (as he is now) and describing that as a coup.

    Pete, took your advice and went to the Observer site – excellent piece. Thanks for that.

  • peteb

    No problem, Jacko.. the Observer has a couple of other good pieces too.

    This one in particular

    I like the company of women. Life is boring without them – Arthur Miller.

    Arthur Miller by those who met and worked with him – Melvyn Bragg, Richard Eyre, Nicholas Hytner

  • Jacko

    Thanks Pete. I’ll keep those.
    They did a wonderful obit. on Alister Cooke at the time as well.
    Outside of normal reading, I’m a sucker for book reviews and obits. of people who have impressed me with their talent (not important whether or not I have always agreed with them).