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Arthur Miller was an American playwright whose bitting criticism of societal problems defined his genius. His best known play is Death of a Salesman.
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In his final years, Miller's work continued to grapple with the weightiest of societal and personal matters. His last play of note was The Price (1968), a piece about family dynamics. In 2002, Miller's third wife, Inges, died. The famed playwright promptly took a fourth wife, 34-year-old minimalist painter Agnes Barley. The two planned to marry, but on February 10, 2005 (the 56th anniversary of Death of a Salesman's Broadway debut), Arthur Miller, surrounded by Barley, family and friends,
died of heart failure. He was 89 years old.
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