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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

Author: Arthur Miller

Year Published: 1949

Description: Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-prize winning play Death of a Salesman introduced America and the world to Willy Loman, a depleted and delusional patriarch who, in his inability to accept his family's failure to live up to his expectations, is forced to confront his own lack of importance and financial success after 40 years as a traveling salesman.  First performed in 1949, it remains one of the most highly regarded literary commentaries on the sometimes painful realities of the American dream as perceived in the mid-20th century.

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'It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And still-that's how you build a future.'

Death of a Salesman

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