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The Crucible

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Arthur Miller - Author

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ISBN 9780140481389 | 160 pages | 28 Oct 1976 | Penguin | 5.11 x 7.63in | 18 - AND UP
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A classic of the American theater—Arthur Miller's tense, ingeniously multilayered drama of principle and paranoia

The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.

First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witchhunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.

"A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post

The Crucible

A Note on the Historical Accuracy of This Play
Act One (An Overture)
Act Two
Act Three
Act Four
Echoes Down the Corridor
Cast
Appendix


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