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Arthur Miller

Posted in Central Cemetery (CT) with tags , , on May 31, 2016 by Cade

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October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005

Perhaps one of the most influential and prolific playwrights in American history, Arthur Miller explored themes such as family relationships, personal legacy and social responsibility in his plays – all set against the backdrop of the individual vs. society at-large. The masterpieces within his body of work look like a one-man anthology of the greatest American Dramas ever written:

Death of a Salesman
All My Sons
A View from the Bridge
The Crucible

Miller’s ability to convey the day-to-day in such stark and oftentimes bleak perfection, set a definitive tone for his impact on the American stage/screen. He drew on real life scenarios (see the anti-Communist investigation of the 1950’s and its direct impact on The Crucible), and deep realism to complete more than 30 plays. In addition to his obvious work in theatre, he also wrote screenplays for a handful of movies. His most notable not-previously-a-play screenplay was for 1961’s The Misfits, starring his then wife, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable which was based on a novella he had written in 1957. In all, Miller wrote for more than 7 decades. In 2005, at the age of 89, Arthur Miller died of heart failure in hospice care at his home. He was buried alongside his third wife, photgrapher Inge Morath, in the small town of Roxbury, CT, where he had lived for nearly half a century.

Burial

Roxbury Central Cemetery – Roxbury, CT

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Specific Location

Enter the sparsely-populated NEW section of the cemetery – just about 1/4 mile north on 67 from the old cemetery – and take the first right. Stop immediately and Arthur’s grave is on your left, about 3 rows in, behind an Irish Cross marker and a marker with the name COLE on it.

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