Bigsby, Christopher. Arthur Miller. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009. Even though this biography covers only the first 48 years of Miller’s life, it is nearly 800 pages long and is rich in detail. Bigsby covers Miller’s childhood, writing, politics, and marriages. It is a more thorough study of Miller’s life than even his 1987 autobiography. This book is essential for any fan of Arthur Miller.
Bigsby, Christopher, ed. Arthur Miller and Company. London: Methuen, 1990. A series of impressions on Miller’s works from noted writers and theater personalities. Presents a variety of insights into Miller and his work.
Bigsby, Christopher, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Contains a detailed chronology, an essay on the tradition of social drama, and chapters on the early plays, the major plays, and Arthur Miller in each of the decades from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. There follow chapters on Miller’s involvement with cinema, his fiction, and his relationship with criticism and critics. Includes a bibliographic essay and an index.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Arthur Miller. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. This volume consists of essays on Miller’s major drama from All My Sons to The American Clock, a brief introduction discussing Miller’s significance, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index. Includes important early essays (Raymond Williams and Tom F. Driver on the playwright’s strengths and weaknesses) and later criticism by Neil Carson, C. W. E. Bigsby, and E. Miller Buddick.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” New York: Chelsea House, 1988. Contains critical discussions published between 1963 and 1987, a chronology of Miller’s life, a comprehensive bibliography of books and articles, and an index. In spite of reservations about Miller’s importance as a writer, Bloom explains in his introduction how the play “achieves true aesthetic dignity” and discusses the particular merits of the essays in this collection.
Brater, Encoh. Arthur Miller: A Playwright’s Life and Works. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2005. A basic introduction to Miller and some of his best-known plays, including 70 black and white photos.
Brater, Enoch, ed. Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. A collection of essays by Miller scholars.
Gottfried, Martin. Arthur Miller: His Life and Work. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo, 2003. The first full-length biography of Miller, this profile discusses the playwright’ work in the context of his life.
Koon, Helene Wickham, ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of “Death of a Salesman.” Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1983. These essays from the 1960’s and 1970’s emphasize the play’s cultural significance, its status as a modern classic, and its style and point of view. The introduction provides a brief biography, a discussion of Miller’s major themes, the play’s relationship to classical tragedy, and his manipulation of time. Includes a brief bibliography and chronology of events in Miller’s life and times.
Koorey, Stefani. Arthur Miller’s Life and Literature. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 2000. A bibliographic resource to primary and secondary sources.
Martine, James. Crucible: Politics, Property, and Pretense. New York: Twayne, 1993. An in-depth analysis of The Crucible from a number of viewpoints, including the historical context of McCarthyism, its place in Miller’s oeuvre, and how it fits into the genre of tragedy.
Murphy, Brenda. Miller: Death of a Salesman. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. This comprehensive treatment of Miller’s play Death of a Salesman discusses its Broadway production, productions in English and in other languages, and media productions. Also provides a production chronology, a discography, a videography, and an extensive bibliography and index.
Schleuter, June, and James K. Flanagan. Arthur Miller. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1987. Contains a comprehensive narrative chronology, a thorough first chapter on Miller’s literature and life to 1985, chapter length discussions of his major plays (including The Archbishop’s Ceiling), and a concluding chapter on his later one-act plays. Extensive notes, bibliography of Miller’s work in all genres, select secondary bibliography of books and articles, and index.