Homely Girl: And Other Stories

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A sumptuously packaged, gift volume of short fiction by the author of The Crucible, issued to coincide with his eightieth birthday, gathers three stories set in Manhattan before and after World War II. 35,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

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Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock. He has also written two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. More recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). His latest book is On Politics and the Art of Acting. Miller was granted with the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Miller demonstrates his mastery of literary realism?of the psychological and moral conflicts of flesh-and-blood characters rooted in their milieu?in his second collection of short fiction. The eponymous novella is new to print; a second novella, as well as the other selection, a short story, date from the 1960s. "Homely Girl, A Life" follows protagonist Janice Sessions from 1937 to the late 1970s, charting her struggle to wrestle free from her Manhattan bookdealer husband, Sam Fink, a Communist Party activist whose unquestioning Stalinist faith she ultimately rejects. Told by her mother that she is physically unattractive, Janice rejects what she considers her parents' bourgeois materialism, but she discovers a sense of identity and freedom only after she divorces Sam and moves in with a blind classical musician. In "Fame," which is little more than an anecdote, a wealthy and acclaimed Broadway playwright runs into a former high-school classmate in a bar?an encounter that reveals celebrity as a gilded cage in which ordinary human contact is impossible. In the much more substantial "Fitter's Night," ex-gangster Tony Calabrese, now a shipfitter in Brooklyn's naval yard during WWII, is in his 40s, locked in an angry marriage to a woman "he had never seen... naked, which was as it should be." Though a philanderer and a loser, Tony, undertaking a hazardous emergency repair on a damaged destroyer, manages to redeem himself for one shining moment.
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