The Crucible by Arthur Miller

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community "I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history," Arthur Miller wrote in an introduction to The Crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing: "Political opposition...is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence." For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  2. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  3. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)

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The Crucible Paperback 2667684 $3.99 1971
"The Crucible" (Student Editions) Paperback 4646513 $9.71 $7.97 2010
[ THE CRUCIBLE: A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS ] BY Miller, Arthur ( Author ) Oct - 1976 [ Paperback ] Paperback 925784 $113.84 $9.98
The Crucible: Screenplay Paperback 14708356 $12.95
The Crucible - Multiple Critical Perspectives Paperback 574587 $19.99 2008
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By Miller, Arthur ( Author ) [ { The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts } ]Oct-1976 Paperback Paperback 3192225 $25.99
The Crucible Kindle Edition 11162 $7.32 2003
Crucible (Philip Allan Literature Guide for a-Level) (Philip Allan Literature Guide for Gcse) Paperback 1178678 $21.75 $20.29 2011
The Crucible (Audio Theatre Series) Audio CD 393870 $18.36 $14.99 2001
The Crucible (Heinemann Plays for 14-16+) Hardcover 508303 $13.75 $0.78 1992
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Mass Market Paperback 512686 $4.77 $0.01 1995
The Crucible: Screenplay Paperback 1169657 $25.00 $0.01 1996
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Plays) Hardcover 160313 $14.49 $1.26 2008
The Crucible (Japanese Edition) Paperback Bunko 998462 $10.86 $11.14 2008
Las Brujas De Salem & El Crisol / The Crucible (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5952353 $144.16
The Crucible Paperback 4635489 $8.73 $7.73 2013
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The Crucible Library Binding 348956 $13.99 $3.99 2008
The Crucible (A Play in Four Acts - Penguin Plays) Paperback 414225 $5.00 $0.43
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The Crucible Hardcover 5379237 $15.40
CliffsNotes on Miller's The Crucible (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides) Kindle Edition 474156 2011
CliffsNotes on Miller's The Crucible (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides) Paperback 688125 $2.80 $0.01 2000
The Crucible (Cliffs Notes Series) Audio CD 3863481 $2.01 $31.71 2011
The Crucible Hardcover 5755439 $3.00
The Crucible: Performed by Stuart Pankin, Jerome Dempsey & Cast Audio Cassette 1246419 $127.19 $101.76 1995
The Crucible (Penguin Plays) Paperback 248558 $2.95 $0.01 1976
Miller's The Crucible (Cliffs Notes) Paperback 758059 $0.01 $0.01 1968
Crucible: Novel-Ties Study Guide Paperback 1645230 $16.60 $114.29 1996
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts Paperback 972 $5.70 $1.23 2003
The Crucible and Related Readings Hardcover 423162 $14.22 $0.01 1996
The Crucible SparkNotes Literature Guide (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) Paperback 571550 $2.27 $3.06 2014
Miller Plays: All My Sons; Death of a Salesman; The Crucible; A Memory of Two Mondays; A View from the Bridge v.1 (World Classics) (Vol 1) Paperback 591109 $43.91 $42.84 1988
By Arthur Miller - The Crucible (1st Edition) (2/23/03) Paperback 954121 $11.05 $3.84 2003
Las Brujas De Salem, El Crisol / The Salem Witches,The Crucible (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1083191 $10.63 $10.59 2005