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In quotes: Tributes to Miller
Tributes have been pouring in following the death of US playwright Arthur Miller on Friday. Here are a selection of quotes from fellow playwrights, publishers and actors.


The greatest playwright of the 20th Century. The news of his death moved me a lot because I was his friend since the 1960s.

Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright and politician


Writing meant, for him, an effort to locate in the human species a counterforce to the randomness of victimisation.

Salman Rushdie, president of international writers' association Pen


[Miller] has looked with compassion into the hearts of some ordinary Americans and quietly transferred their hope and anguish to the theatre.

Brooks Atkinson, New York Times critic


His work teaches us a lot about how to fight evil.

Edward Albee, US playwright


Arthur Miller continued to examine American values and moral decay with extraordinary structure and riveting dialogue - right to his last months.

Kevin Spacey, US actor


It's so rare that you get to work with a legend and he turns out to be as wonderful to work with as his plays are to read. He was incredible.

He liked young directors to take a crack at his great plays.

Todd Haimes, artistic director of New York's Roundabout Theatre


I admired him tremendously for his independence and his clarity of mind.

He was a wonderful chap and I'm really quite knocked over by this news.

He was so honest and a man of rare integrity in his writing. You could see it in his writing. He was also totally independent.

Harold Pinter, British playwright


Arthur was the last of the three great theatrical voices of the American century - [Eugene] O'Neill, [Tennessee] Williams, Miller.

Arthur's special achievement was to make political and social plays which belonged on Broadway and yet were also powered to reach out into America and way beyond.

David Hare, British playwright


I always felt it was a deep tragedy that he never won the Nobel Prize.

His plays were so universal and affected a world generation.

Robert Weil, executive editor of publisher WW Norton


He stretched himself out and lived his life as completely as anybody out there I've ever heard of.

He's been part of the cultural universe of this country since the war, and that's 60 years.

It's most of our lives. It's a kind of shattering awareness that he's not going to be there, but his work will be there, thank God.

Brian Dennehy, US actor


He was a big man and a deeply American man who was lucky enough to have extraordinary women in his life.

He was busy working on plays right until he got sick. He had such a great life that you don't feel sad for Arthur.

Australian-born Broadway actress Zoe Caldwell


There was quite a pack to break out of. He was a contemporary of Tennessee Williams, who was also writing at this time. He quickly leapt into this pantheon of great American writers. There is no question that Arthur Miller's effect on American drama and drama worldwide is something we're going to be recognising for centuries to come...

He was simultaneously a playwright of enormous humanity and enormous politics.

Howard Sherman, director of the American Theatre Wing


His loss is a little like the Manhattan skyline. I'm at a loss for words.

David Richenthal, Miller's producer


Arthur Miller was the last of the great titans of the American stage.

He brought to the English-speaking theatre a poetic urgency and tragic sweep that had been absent since the Elizabethan era.

I have no doubt that plays like Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge will always stand with the masterpieces of Ibsen, Shakespeare and Sophocles.

Nicholas Hytner, director of the Royal National Theatre





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