It's not surprising for those familiar with his lesser-known work, "All My Sons - Well, Except for That One".
I, for one, applaud A. Miller!! Whatelse should you do to ANY of your children? If he made the error and had a child he should lock it away in an institution, boarding school, military school ect.
That is the only way to have children! This way they are never seen nor heard. Here Here!!!!
Preferably, the young'uns won't know him at all, having been spared being dragged with their class to a production of the Crucible and the inevitable after-show discussion making its themes relevant to whatever they're supposed to be relevant to today.
I'm betting that he and the child's mother were given the advice to "put him away and forget you ever had him" from their doctor. It was pretty standard at the time
People in the midwest still do this today. I had a coworker in a midwestern city who at the time was in her mid forties (about two years ago) whose family put two brothers in institutions. One brother had Downs Syndrome while the other was severely Autistic. In this same office another coworker sent her teenage daughter off to a "convent school" run by nuns in another state because she got knocked up. This stuff still happens just not out here on the left coast.
A lot of people thought Miller was an asswipe for the way he abandoned Marilyn when she needed him the most. He's a hard man to pin down - his memoir, Timebends, is a beautiful, thoughtful work by a man you'd assume was a fairly righteous dude. But like Capote, the more I hear, the less I like. Doesn't mean that I like their work any less, but it diminishes greatly the infatuation I might have had for the person.
As Joni says (talking about Miles), "We must allow our geniuses their demons."
The advice may have been common... but that doesn't make it right!
This is unfortunate news.
As a mother of a severely handicapped 30 year old boy who is a joy in our home I must say I'm disapointed and sorry to see that A. Miller was, after all such a weak human being.And the child's invisible mother? Coudn't she have a say?
And it's still done in the Midwest?Well it is NOT DONE in my small lovely country-Portugal
The guy was a self rightous pompous FRAUD.
You know the type. Treats all their plas like a million bucks and their family like shit.
Fuck him..................a RAT.
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