Arthur Miller is best remembered, of course, as the writer of some classic plays of the American repertory–Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. These plays have become stage classics and, in some cases, staples of the high school English classroom. Although All My Sons was recently revived in New York–in a prodcution with John Lithgow and Katie Holmes–it is a less celebrated play. But it was Miller’s first big success, and it may reflect more directly than his later work the cultural and political milieu from which Miller emerged.
That milieu was one of a populist leftism that was critical of the injustice and intolerance of the capitalism and sympathetic to the Communist Party and to the Soviet Union.