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Death of a Salesman (1949): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Death of a Salesman. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Writers [vol 3]
  • American Writers since 1900
  • Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
  • Contemporary Dramatists
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 1, 2, 6, 10, 15, 47, 78, 179] - look for Death of a Salesman in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Critical Companion to Arthur Miller: A Literary Reference to His Life and Works
  • Survey of Drama [vol 5, 7]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 2]
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Drama Criticism [vol 1]
  • Drama for Students [vol 1, 3]
  • Dramatists and Drama
  • Great Writers of the English Language - Dramatists
  • Literature and Its Times [4]
  • Major Modern Dramatists [vol 1]
  • Masterplots [vol 3]
  • McGraw Encyclopedia of World Drama [vols 3]
  • Modern American Drama
  • Modern American Literature [vol 2, 4, 5, 6]
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Plays
  • A Reader's Guide to Modern American Drama
  • Student Companion to Arthur Milller
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals;
    • [vol 26] - locate the topical essay "The Businessman in American Literature"
    • [vol 62] - locate the topical essay "Jewish-American Fiction"
    • [vol 210] - locate the topical essay "The American Dream in Literature"
  • Understanding Death of a Salesman: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Miller, Arthur

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Arthur Miller, as well criticism and interpretation of Miller's works.

Research Guide to Theater

Want more information about various productions and critical reception of this play?

Visit our Research Guide to Theater Arts

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