'Definitive' Miller biog

<p>Weidenfeld &amp; Nicolson has acquired the &quot;definitive&quot; biography of Arthur Miller, and is promising new revelations about the playwright&#39;s marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Alan Samson, W&amp;N publisher, snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights in Christopher Bigsby&#39;s <em>Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography</em> from Vivien Green at Sheil Land. The book is set for a January 2009 release.</p><p>Samson said: &quot;To be honest, it&#39;s really difficult to sell books on playwrights, but when I read the manuscript I really had to go for it.&quot;</p><p>Bigsby, a director of the Arthur Miller Institute at the University of East Anglia, focuses on Miller&#39;s most productive period. In the 15 years after the Second World War, he wrote his greatest plays, including &quot;Death of a Salesman&quot; (1949), &quot;The Crucible&quot; (1953) and &quot;A View from the Bridge&quot; (1955).</p><p>Miller also became a celebrity, with his stand against the US government&#39;s &quot;communist witch hunts&quot; and his marriage to Monroe. Bigsby examines their relationship and the influence it had on Miller&#39;s work, with the biography ending after Monroe&#39;s death in 1962.</p>