With Arthur Miller (Harvard University Press), scholar Christopher Bigsby is the first to offer a serious biography since Miller's death. Among other things, the book celebrates Miller's refusal in the 1950s to name names before the witch-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee--which led to his great allegorical drama The Crucible. Miller's marriage to Monroe, an additional point of great interest, resulted in another triumph, After the Fall.
Bigsby was given access to previously unpublished works and notes that are no doubt of value to academics and fans who will treasure such minutiae and details. Jeremy McCarter, in the New York Times Book Review, sums up the biography:
"Thanks to Bigsby's research, particularly into previously unseen material, his account of Miller trying to hang on to his soul in mid-century America shows that he was large not least in his contradictions...What the book makes newly clear, though, is how much of Miller's work reflects his own personal struggles."