Willy Loman, the protagonist of 'Death of a salesman', has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age 63, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith. Willy lives in a fragile world of elaborate excuses and daydreams, conflating past and present in a desperate attempt to make sense of himself and of a world that once promised so much. This Viking Critical Library edition of 'Death of a salesman' contains the complete text of the play, typescript facsimiles, and extensive critical and contextual material including - Conflicting reviews about its opening night by Robert Garland, Harold Clurman, Eleanor Clark, and others; five articles by Miller on his play, including 'Tragedy and the Common Man' and his 'Introduction to Collected Plays'; critical essays by John Gassner, Ivor Brown, Joseph A. Hynes, and others; general essays on Miller by William Weigand, Allan Seager, and others; analogous works by Eudora Welty, Walter D. Moody, Tennessee Williams, and Irwin Shaw; the stage designer's account, presented in selections from Designing for the Theatre by Jo Mielziner ; an in-depth introduction by the editor, a chronology, a list of topics for discussion and papers, and a bibliography.