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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community 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 witch-hunting, 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

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Genre: Drama
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2003-03-25
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101042465

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A literary study guide that includes summaries and commentaries.

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Genre: Miller, Arthur, 1915
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher:
Release: 1983
File: 106 Pages
ISBN-13: 0774030216

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The Crucible still has permanence and relevance a half century after its initial publication. This powerful political drama set amidst the Salem witch trials is commonly understood as Arthur Miller's poignant response to McCarthyism. Filled with fresh essays about the play, the new edition of this invaluable literary guide features a bibliography and notes on the essay contributors.

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Genre: Electronic books
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2008
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791098288

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A play based on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. It deals particularly with the hounding to death of the nonconformist John Proctor.

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Genre: Salem (Mass.)
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher:
Release: 1953
File: 145 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015008428115

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An overview of the play features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical essays about the work.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2004-01
File: 94 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791078761

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community 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 witch-hunting, 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

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Genre: Drama
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 1976-10-28
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101665008

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Genre: Fiction
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Publisher: BMI Educational Services
Release: 2011-03
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781609338930

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An introduction to Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible," discussing the author's life, the impact of the play, its plot, cast of characters, literary criticism, and pertinence for today's audiences.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: M. N. Jimerson
Publisher:
Release: 2003
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 1560069961

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Genre: Historical drama, American
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Publisher: Pearson South Africa
Release: 2009
File: 56 Pages
ISBN-13: 1770254986

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In Robert Ward's The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism, Robert Paul Kolt explores the life of the American composer Robert Ward through an examination of his most popular and enduring work, The Crucible. Focusing on the musical-linguistic relationships within the opera, Kolt demonstrates Ward's unique synthesis of text and music, one that lends itself to the perception of American musical nationalism. This book contains the most thorough and in-depth biography of Ward yet in print. Based on interviews with the composer, Kolt presents new information about Ward's life and career, focusing on his opera and examining the formation and construction of The Crucible's libretto and score, in turn offering new insights into the process of composing an opera. Kolt observes how the libretto's linguistic aspects helped Ward formulate the opera's melodic and rhythmic musical material. A detailed and unique analysis of the opera, particularly the musical and linguistic techniques Ward employed, demonstrates how these techniques lend themselves to the opera's reception as a work of American musical nationalism. The book also provides yet unpublished information on Arthur Miller's play, examining how it came to be written and soon after became the basis for Ward's work. Several appendixes provide a fuller picture, including a deleted scene from Miller's play and Ward's version of the scene, a chronological overview of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and illustrations and photo reproductions from Ward's manuscript.

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Genre: Music
Author: Robert Paul Kolt
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Release: 2008-12-12
File: 266 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781461707134

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