Critical Context

(Survey of Dramatic Literature)

Arthur Miller’s work spans nearly seven decades. While other playwrights have written as much, virtually no American playwright has enjoyed the longevity of such a career and few have had anything like Miller’s international recognition. Death of a Salesman and The Crucible are now generally regarded as masterpieces of twentieth century American drama and literature; a half dozen more of his plays have grown in memory, outlasting initially critical reviews, and are performed regularly nationally and internationally. In the 1990’s, he continued to write new one-act and full-length plays and continued to experiment with form and tone. Like a number of his plays from the late twentieth century, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan is clear evidence that Miller’s imagination and invention have remained every bit as vital as his moral vision.