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4 - The Michigan Daily - Saturday, February 12, 2005

ect 17, 1915
Born in Brooklyn, New York City
1927
Sees first play at the Schubert Theater in
New York City
1934
Enrolls at the University of Michigan
1936
Wins first Avery Hop-
wood and Jule Hopw-
ood Award for the p-
lay "No Villain," which"
he wrote in only six3
days
1940
Marries Mary Grace
Slatterly
1844
"The Man Who Had All the Luck" premieres
on Broadway and wins the Theater Guild
National Award.
1947
"All My Sons" premieres on Broadway and
wins New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.
149
"Death of a Salesman" premieres on
Broadway, winning the Pulitzer Prize, the
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the
Antoinette Perry Award and the Donaldson
Award.
"The Crucible," Miller's comment on McCar-
thyism, premieres on Broadway and wins
the Antoinette Perry Award.

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1934 Arthur Miller arrives at the University to study M iller at the UnI versjt
M y 1935 Miller begins writing articles and editorials for The Michigan Daily.
7 Miller wins two Avery Hopwood Award for drama for "No Villain,"
9 X37 which he wrote in six days and "Honors at Dawn."}
1938 Miller graduates from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
19° . The author is awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from
the University.
1 985 Miller establishes the Arthur Miller Award, a $1,000 tuition credit, for aspiring writers.
999 Miller returns to the University to present the first Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing, a $3,000 prize.
After a large donation from Charles Walgreen, it is announced that the Arthur Miller Theater will be housed in the Walgreen Drama Cente
and seat approximately 600 people.
I On April 1, Miller returned to the University for "A conversation with Arthur Miller,"where he talked about his life and his accomplishment
40U01 On Nov. 1, 300 Michigan alumni and friends filled New York City's Richard Rodgers Theater for "Michigan on Broadway: A Tribute to Arthui
Miller."

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rthur Miller may be best known for his iconic dramas, but his work extended into other fields. Throughout his formative
years at the University, he also wrote for The Michigan Daily, and his time in Ann Arbor also included satire for Gargoyle
magazine. The collection of Miller's extensive writings extends to letters and manuscripts, now housed at the University.

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T he play for
which Miller
won his second
Hopwood Award
was titled "Honors
at Dawn." The
Bentley Historical
Library houses the
original manuscript
of the work, along
with the cover page,
shown here. Includ-
ing the letter to the
right, the Bentley
Library houses
many of his docu-
ments, including
a portrait of him
used on the first
edition of "Death of
a Salesman," most
of which are in the
Special Collections
Library.

1 956
Marries actress Ma-
rilyn Monroe and
receives an honor-
ary Doctor of Hu-
man Letters from
the University

I n this letter, signed by Miller, the playwright maintains his relationship with
Prof. Kenneth Rowe, his playwriting teacher at the University, after his 1938
graduation. In this letter, Miller writes of his postgraduate life in New York.
"I can see every square foot of Ann Arbor in my head and it's prettier thanthis
city, but i'm glad i'm not back there. Here one knows the maximum opposition
and a man can confront it and learn more precisely what his place is in this world.
In Ann Arbor one is a little shy of taking oneself seriously because one suspects
that the whole business of collegeism is not quite bedrock sincere and that it's a
mock-serious game played within an outer world of deadly earnestness. There are
no makeup examinations here....happily."

1961
Divorces Marilyn
Monroe. Monroe's
final film "Misfits,"
written by Miller, premieres

1962
Marries Inge Morath.
1964
"After the Fall," Miller's semi-autobiograph-
ical play and a comment on his troubled
marriage to Monroe, premieres on Broad-
way.
1965
Elected president of International P.E.N.,
the renowned international literary organi-
zation
1970
Miller's works are banned in the Soviet
Union as a result of his efforts to free dis-
sident writers.
1985
"Death of a Salesman," starring Dustin
Hoffman premiers on CBS to an audience
of 25 million.
1993
Awarded National Medal of the Arts by
President Bill Clinton.

October 1939: Miller wrote
'You Simply Must Go to College;
a satirical piece in Gargoyle magazine.

"Really, we college people are
the pick of the crop. Whatever these
reformers say about education being
all wet is just so much melonwater
and anybody will agree. Education is
fitting us for life and already we are
making our influence felt even before
we have received our diplomas ...

It will not be long before
the United Press will say, "As
Ann Arbor Goes, So Goes the
Nation." That's how important
each and every one of us light
beacons are and the best way to
prove it is to examine our own
well-lit community ...

Description of a college rental house:
"A t each floor, of course, there is a different
odor to accommodate different personalities
(as the psychology department advocates). Now
although it is broad daylight it is dark up here,
because, as anybody will tell you, darkness is
best for that deep concentration of which'college
people do so much ...

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1999
"Death of a Salesman," revived on Broad-
way for the play's 50th anniversary, and
wins Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play

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