Human Rights and the Freedom to Write

  • Christopher Bigsby
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


Arthur Miller was not merely an outstanding playwright, he was among the leading public intellectuals of the twentieth century. In his stand against McCarthyism in the United States in the 1950s, his presidency of PEN International, his opposition to the Vietnam War, and many other public statements and actions on moral issues throughout the world, he demonstrated the real-world efficacy of many of the ideas and moral ideals expressed in his plays. Through his international relationships with writers, he was an active proponent of freedom of speech and the role of literature in shaping societies and their values.


Arthur Miller Human rights Freedom of speech Freedom of writers Public intellectual PEN International McCarthyism Vietnam War Opposition Political oppression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Bigsby
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  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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