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Death of a Salesman


The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller was first published and produced in 1949.  In the urban United States of the 1940's, an aging salesman, Willy Loman, desperately searches for personal dignity in his struggle against the unfortunate circumstances of his life.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Arthur Miller (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Arthur Miller - Criticism and Interpretation (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Death of a Salesman (Keywords Anywhere)


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3525 .I5156


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. 1996.

                     Call Number:  PS3525 .I5156 D433 1996

  •  Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. 1999.

                     Call Number:  PS3525 .I5156 D4 1999

  • Murphy, Brenda and Susan C.W. Abbotson. Understanding Death of a Salesman. 1999.

                     Call Number:  PS3525 .I5156 D4358 1999

  • Siebold, Thomas (ed.). Readings on Death of a Salesman. 1999.

                      Call Number:  PS3525 .I5156 D4372 1999

  • Murphy, Brenda. Critical Insights: Death of a Salesman, Author Miller. 2010. 
    • Call Number:  PS3525.I5156 D4337 2010


Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 1, pg. 216-219

o   Vol. 2, pg. 278-280

o   Vol. 10, pg. 342-344

o   Vol. 15, pg. 370-376

o   Vol. 26, pg. 310-327

o   Vol. 47, pg. 250-255

o   Vol. 78, pg. 288-328

o   Vol. 179, pg. 144-244

  • Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition Call Number:  REF PN1625 .C68 2003

o   Vol. 5, pg. 2350-2352

  • Drama CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1625 .D72

o   Vol. 1, pg. 294-334

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1601 .D595 1998

o   Vol. 1, pg. 61-78

  • Masterplots, 2nd Revised Ed. – Call Number:  REF PN44 .M33 1996

o   Vol 3, pg. 1558-1561

  • Literature and Its TimesCall Number:  REF PN50 .L574 1997

o   Vol. 4, pg. 109-115


Research Databases

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Films on Demand- Database 

  • Death of a Salesman in Context (FULL VIDEO)
    • From Series: Literary Contexts: American Literature
    • DESCRIPTION: By the 1940s, the traveling salesman had become a familiar part of American life and Americans were relishing their newfound economic prosperity. But beneath the country’s mask of economic contentment, many fears and anxieties continued to fester. This video looks at how the idea of the American Dream inspired and influenced Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to students studying this film.
  • Death of a Salesman: Opening Scene (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: Death of a Salesman
    • DESCRIPTION: Act I: Willy Loman comes home weary from a sales trip; he had almost driven off the road. He and his wife, Linda, talk about how he has grown too weary for his traveling job. Willy decides to ask for a position in New York. This performance of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" stars the legendary Lee J. Cobb.
  • Psychological Dialogue with Playwright Author Miller: Part 1 (FULL VIDEO)
    • From Series: Notable Contributors to the Psychology of Personality
    • DESCRIPTION: In this video, playwright Arthur Miller, whose plays often questioned the psychological causes of behavior, discusses concepts of motivation and his reactions to psychological analyses of his work. He considers the psychological impact of his plays on the audience and his attitudes towards psychological theories and methods.



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