Death of a Salesman Essay

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In the following excerpt from his review of Death of a Salesman, which originally appeared in the New York Times on February 11,1949, Atkinson declares that the play, which he calls "a superb drama," "has the flow and spontaneity of a suburban epic that may not be intended as poetry but becomes poetry in spite of itself because Mr. Miller has drawn it out of so many intangible sources."

As drama critic for the New York Times from 1925 to 1960, Atkinson was one of the most influential reviewers in America.

Arthur Miller has written a superb drama. From every point of view Death of a Salesman, which was acted at the Morosco last evening, is rich and memorable drama. It is so simple in style and so inevitable in theme that it scarcely seems like a thing that has been written and acted. For Mr. Miller has looked with compassion...

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