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    In 1983 Arthur Miller was invited to direct a Chinese version of his play, "Death of a Salesman." "Salesman in Beijing" is his day by day account of his experience. Most of the book focuses on the problems of communication with the Chinese actors as a result of linguistic and cultural differences. He feels that he was able to overcome these difficulties because of the dedication of the actors and the fact that the play itself deals with universal qualities that transcend local culture. He also talks about the problems of the Chinese theatre in the eighties. Intellectuals had been frowned on for a long time in China, and it was only recently that they were allowed to resume their professional activities.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   Chinese Story of entertainer?    -   Director/Producer Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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