Published by Robert Laffont in 1961, Paris. Traduit de l'anglais par René Masson. Condition: Old, Good.
A story of four lost souls written by one of the most intriguing writers of the 20th century, Arthur Miller. The book was written initially as a short story/screenplay hybrid, always intended to be a film but written with the character and plot development of a novel in his famously scarce but emotional style. The film version of this book was released in 1961 and starred Marilyn Monroe, who he had only just divorced and would go on to commit suicide one year after the films release in Los Angeles. Miller met his third wife, Inge Morath, on the set of the film and they would remain married until 2002. In a strange case of life imitating art, suicide and unjust death were prevalent themes in his most famous works, including the Death of a Salesman. He was born into a wealthy family who lost everything in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and he moved to Brooklyn, delivering bread to support his newly bankrupt family. Miller worked tirelessly to elevate the struggles of the common man and regarded their humble nobility as the perfect foundations for tragic heroes, elevating their lives into world class literature. As he said so perfectly about one of his characters; “He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.”