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- Full Title: Death of a Salesman
- When Written: 1948
- Where Written: Roxbury, Connecticut
- When Published: The Broadway premiere was February 10, 1949. The play was published in 1949 by Viking Press.
- Literary Period: Social Realism
- Genre: Dramatic stage play
- Setting: New York and Boston in 1948.
- Climax: Biff's speech to Willy at the end of Act Two.
- Antagonist: Howard Wagner; the American Dream that allows Willy and his sons to delude themselves.
Death of a Simpson: Beleaguered, overweight family man Willy Loman has been the genesis not only of live-action domestic sitcoms like All in the Family and Married with Children, but animated satires like The Family Guy and The Simpsons, both of which have made knowing reference to Death of a Salesman in various episodes.
Salesman in Beijing: In 1983, the People's Art Theatre in Beijing wanted to put on a Chinese-language production of Death of a Salesman. Arthur Miller flew to Beijing and spent six weeks directing the cast, though he only spoke two words of Chinese. He documented his experiences in the book Salesman in Beijing, published in 1984 with photographs by his wife, Inge Morath.