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The crucible : s play in four acts

Author: Arthur Miller; OverDrive Media.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. ; New York : Penguin Books, 1976, 1977 Printing.
Series: Classic collection.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English
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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable e-Books
Drama
History
Historical drama
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 95236652
(OCoLC)33256495
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Miller; OverDrive Media.
ISBN: 9781101042465 110104246X
OCLC Number: 927420403
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. New York : Penguin Classics, 2003. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 926 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: "I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history, : Arthur Miller wrote in an introduction to The Crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theorcracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trail. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence.
Series Title: Classic collection.
Responsibility: Arthur Miller.

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can."A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post.

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