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All My Sons: Introduction
All My Sons: Plot Summary
All My Sons: Detailed Summary & Analysis
All My Sons: Themes
All My Sons: Quotes
All My Sons: Characters
All My Sons: Symbols
All My Sons: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Arthur Miller
Historical Context of All My Sons
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- Full Title: All My Sons
- When Written: 1946
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1947
- Literary Period: Realism in American drama
- Genre: American realist drama
- Setting: Suburban United States (intentionally kept non-specific)
- Climax: Joe goes upstairs to shoot himself, while the rest of the family waits in the backyard below.
- Antagonist: George Deever
Extra Credit for All My Sons
Elia Kazan. All My Sons was first directed on the stage by Elia Kazan, a longtime friend of and collaborator with Arthur Miller. Kazan went on to “collaborate” with the House Un-American Activities committee, led by Senator Joe McCarthy, in order to identify those in Hollywood he felt to be tainted by Communist ideology—Kazan never fully regained his stature among some of his compatriots in the film and stage industries, but he and Miller eventually reconciled their views and worked together later in life.
Two film adaptations. The first film version of All My Sons, in 1948, was not strictly faithful to the play and received fair to positive reviews; the latter, in 1987, was a TV version which adhered more closely to the plot of the original play; the original film starred Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster in the roles of Joe and Chris Keller, respectively.