Today in History: May 2





Arthur Miller won the Pulitzer Prize

For “Death of a Salesman” *

It shows how success can demonize.

*His name is Willy Loman.  Considered a tragic hero by many, Willy is an aging traveling salesman whose American dream, indeed his whole sense of identity, is based on material success. When his sales take a nosedive and  he faces inevitable failure and an economic dead end, he suffers a mental breakdown and  eventually takes his own life.  “Death of a Salesman” was required reading when I was in high school. I recall my junior class attending a live performance at, I believe, the 12th Street Theatre near the Loop.  Is it still there?  My brother-in-law, Tom Higgins, who had a distinguished stage career in the Chicago area, gave  an outstanding performance as Willy.  Tom may be remembered  by many  for his moving role as Grandpa Gus  in the “Christmas Schooner” for which he received many plaudits and accolades.



“He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back–that’s an earthquake. And then you get a couple of spots on your hat, and you’re finished.”








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  • Excellent post, AW! Thank you for reminding me how great a play this is.

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    WG, I appreciate all your visits and even more your gracious words.

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