Arthur Miller Tea Towel


This tea towel celebrates Arthur Miller, one of the leading US playwrights of the 20th century, with notable works including All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. He based this latter play on the 17th-century witchcraft trials in Salem, a series of persecutions that he considered an echo of the McCarthyism (named after Senator Joe McCarthy) of his own day, when investigations of alleged subversive activities were widespread. McCarthyism formed part of the Second Red Scare that permeated US politics during the Cold War period. Such investigations eventually caught up with Miller too.

1956. A mixed-bag for Miller: first marrying Marilyn Monroe, and then being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, a government organisation which looked into the activities of individuals and organisations suspected of Communist ties. In his appearance before the committee, Miller refused to "name names" and as a consequence was fined, imprisoned and blacklisted. Was he a Red? Unclear. It’s certain that he was read all over though…

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 19in x 27.5in. Machine wash at 110 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.