In his long career, Arthur Miller has charted some of the most hidden aspects of the American character, and made us recognize ourselves. With Homely Girl, A Life, he turns his attention to a smaller, more intimate, canvas, but one that in its deceptive delicacy still encompasses a vast range of human fears, ambitions, and desires. Janicethe eponymous homely girlhas hated her face ever since she was a child and her mother held up Ivory Snow advertisements to her, saying, “Now that is beauty.” Homely she is, but also fiercely herself. Still,it is not until she falls in love with a blind musician that she feels her full nature unfold in this exquisite portrait of a woman finding a language to describe herself.
Flanked by two stories also set in Manhattan, “Fame” and “Fitter’s Night,” Homely Girl, A Life pays homage to a city constantly reinventing itselfand to the classic Miller themes of work, honor, and identity.
“Chekhovian . . . deserves praising to the top of the highest skyscraper for its humanity, wit, depth” A.N. Wilson
Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of… More about Arthur Miller