New York: Viking, 2001. First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Arthur Miller on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. In On Politics and the Art of Acting, drawn from an expanded lecture, Arthur Miller, one of America's greatest playwright, expounds on the similarities between politics and acting. Never dull and often controversial, Miller contends that "the closer one approaches any kind of power the more acting is required." But it was not always so, as Miller notes when he compares the Lincoln-Douglas debates with the presidential debates of 2000. While all the candidates "acted," what's different today is the transmission of the event via the mass-media cameras. The camera's "reality" is different from the reality perceived by the human eye. However, what Miller does not express is an appreciation of how elections and, for that matter, governing itself have evolved with the introduction of mass media. (Inventory #: 16017)
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