Timebends: Miller and Marilyn

Sam Shaw, 1957

Marking the tenth anniversary of Arthur Miller’s death, the Telegraph¬†has published a tribute – in Miller’s own words, including his thoughts on Marilyn (from his 1987 memoir, Timebends.)

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence‚Ķ She was at this point incapable of condemning or even of judging people who had damaged her, and to be with her was to be accepted, like moving out into a kind of sanctifying light from a life where suspicion was common sense. She had no common sense, but what she did have was something holier, a long-reaching vision of which she herself was only fitfully aware: humans were all need, all wound. What she wanted most was not to judge but to win recognition from a sentimentally cruel profession, and from men blinded to her humanity by her perfect beauty.”

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