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Trinity of PassionThe Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830758

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882368_wald

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Arthur Miller's Missing Chapter

Arthur Miller's Missing Chapter

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(p.210) 7 Arthur Miller's Missing Chapter
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Trinity of Passion
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Alan M. Wald

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882368_wald.11

This chapter observes that some erstwhile pro-Communist writers subsequently devoted their fiction to working their way out of what they interpreted as misguided loyalty to Communism, yet most never relinquished pride in their antifascist idealism. It discusses the contemporary broadway play “Sincerity in the Theater,” written by Matt Wayne, identified only as the current drama editor of the New Masses. The chapter observes that the central themes of “Sincerity in the Theater” and additional writings in the New Masses by Matt Wayne between March 1945 and March 1946 dovetail with the prevailing opinions of playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). It notes that the play encapsulates the core argument of a “lost” Marxist essay that Miller would synopsize in 1956, and further, that circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that Matt Wayne was also Arthur Miller.

Keywords:   Matt Wayne, New Masses, Arthur Miller, Marxist, essay

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