"Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it": First Edition of The Crucible; Signed by Arthur Miller
Item Number: 17042
New York: The Viking Press, 1953.
First edition of this central work in the canon of American drama. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Arthur Miller on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket without the ubiquitous spine fade usually associated with this title; some light professional restoration to the extremities. Jacket photograph by Gjon Mili. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The Crucible has been adapted for film, television, and opera. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre adapted it as the 1958 film Les Sorcières de Salem, and later Miller himself adapted the play as the 1996 film The Crucible. The latter including in its cast Paul Scofield, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, and it earned Miller his only nomination for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. On television, the play has aired in 1968 and 2006. Finally, the play was adapted by composer Robert Ward into an opera in 1961, for which it received the Pulitzer Prize.