Death of A Salesman

Death of A Salesman

Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and A Requiem

Book - 1998
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of a salesman's deferred American dream

Since it was first performed in 1949, Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the tragic shortcomings of an American dreamer has been recognized as a milestone of the theater. Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman , has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age 63, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith. Willy lives in a fragile world of elaborate excuses and daydreams, conflating past and present in a desperate attempt to make sense of himself and of a world that once promised so much. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Christopher W. E. Bigsby.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, c1998.
ISBN: 9780141180977
Characteristics: xxvii, 113 p. ; 20 cm.

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MirandaJo Feb 06, 2017

I read this play for class in high school; normally, that would mean it was a classic text and, quite frankly, boring. However, I loved this play. It was extremely interesting, and by the last page I was crying my eyes out. I couldn't stop thinking about the meaning of the play for at least a week afterward. It's stayed with me since. I seriously recommend you read this play to complete your literary education.

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JOLIN WANG
Oct 10, 2015

great story, even though wasn' t interesting at all until Act two. A fantastic book for considering American Dreams, Business World, success etc. really good research and connection material for connected topics. Quite challenging.

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Nymeria23
Jun 09, 2015

Willy has many flashbacks as he begins to lose touch with reality, and these scenes reveal to us the over-imaginative, boastful, prideful person he is. He favors Biff but feels that now, his son hates him and wants to spite him.
Willy's problem is that he is a walking contradiction. He's so hot and cold it's annoying. And he won't listen to anyone! He hears what he wants to and wraps it up into his messed up mind.
The ending was good, and it definitely was the most interesting part of the book. If you like plays, go ahead and read this. I don't think I would have ever picked it up if I hadn't read it for class.

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2014

Great story. Makes you think about the American dream.

fayegro Jan 09, 2014

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britprincess1
Sep 27, 2013

I know that DEATH OF A SALESMAN is a classic and I understand why. Its value is that, when it was written in 1949, it questioned and criticized the consumerist American dream in a way that had never been done before, but in this era of Occupy Wall Street, the message is not as profound as it once was. Dealing so heavily in self-deception and foolish pride, Willy Loman is not a likeable character. I'm not asking for a person who is an angel; I can get behind the antihero archetype quite easily, but Willy Loman fails to hold my interest. I feel no empathy for him, and thus, the entire play misses its mark. Even the pitiful wife character Linda is a disappointment. I truly felt that this play went nowhere and led to an inevitable conclusion that was foreshadowed in such a ham-fisted way that I knew it from page 2. I read this play for recreation, and boy, was I not entertained, and if that's your intention as well, I absolutely would not recommend it. Perhaps you have a more scholarly purpose? If you are forced to do a play from this era about family dynamics, I would recommend you read Tennessee William's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. It's far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

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britprincess1
Sep 24, 2013

I know that Death of a Salesman is a classic and I understand why. Its value is that, when it was written in 1949, it questioned and criticized the consumerist American dream in a way that had never been done before, but in this era of Occupy Wall Street, the message is not as profound as it once was. Dealing so heavily in self-deception and foolish pride, Willy Loman is not a likeable character. I'm not asking for a person who is an angel; I can get behind the antihero archetype quite easily, but Willy Loman fails to hold my interest. I feel no empathy for him, and thus, the entire play misses its mark. Even the pitiful wife character Linda is a disappointment. I truly felt that this play went no one and led to an inevitable conclusion that was foreshadowed in such a ham-fisted way that I knew it from page 2. I read this play for recreation, and boy, was I not entertained, and if that's your intention as well, I absolutely would not recommend it. Perhaps you have a more scholarly purpose? If you are forced to do a play from this era about family dynamics, I would recommend you read Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hat Tin Roof". It's far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

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Rainman
Jun 23, 2013

This book was my first experience with this story, and now I look forward to seeing it on stage. Willy Loman's tale touches on the need all of us feel to leave a mark -- to be somebody people will remember -- when it is the love of those closest to us that means the most.

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danielestes
Apr 15, 2013

Arthur Miller's award-winning play, Death of a Salesman, has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Reading it will only get you so far.

Some of the subject material, and certainly the slang, peg it to mid-20th century America, and this gives an initial impression that what's to come may no longer be relevant. But once the larger portrait of Willy Loman starts taking shape, the story's timelessness is evident.

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Alanreviews
Aug 24, 2017

Will you please take that phony dream and burn it before something happens? -Biff

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Nymeria23
Jun 09, 2015

“The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.”

black_penguin_254 Mar 19, 2014

A diamond is hard and rough to the touch.

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Rainman
Jun 23, 2013

Happy: Are you familiar with football?
Girl: No, I'm afraid I'm not.
Happy: Biff is quarterback with the New York Giants.

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Nymeria23
Jun 09, 2015

An aging salesman is dealing with the mistakes of his past, the poor relationship with his sons, and his failing career.

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Nymeria23
Jun 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Willy does some swearing

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