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2/14/05

Iranian writers offer condolence on death of Arthur Miller

Tehran, Feb 13, IRNA -- The Center for Iranian Writers offered condolences Sunday on the death of renowned playwright Arthur Miller, hailing him a 'regular advocate of freedom of thought'.

"Following the deaths of two great writers Edward Saeed and Susan Zontag over the past few months, the world now has lost its freedom-loving author Arthur Miller," the center said in a statement a copy of which was faxed to IRNA.

Saeed, a polymath scholar and literary critic at Columbia University, was the most prominent advocate in the United States of the cause of Palestinian independence. He died at 67 in New York on July 16, 2004.

"Arthur Miller, after the 20th century philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, was always an advocate of freedom of thought and expression of the common human family," the statement said.

"He did not even spare his unflinching support for the lives and efforts of Iranian writers in the cause of the freedom of expression, thought and pen," it added.

"Arthur Miller repeatedly protested against the imprisonment of men of letter and other affected members of the Center for (Iranian) Writers along with other freedom-seeking intelligentsia of the world."

Miller died of congenital heart failure Thursday night at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

His 'Death of a Salesman' and 'The Crucible' made him one the 20th century's greatest playwrights, with the former play winning him a Pulitzer Prize.

His other major works included 'All My Sons' and 'A View from the Bridge'.

His views once brought him to a collision course with the US government.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Miller voiced concern over whether President George W. Bush was up to the task facing him and the United States.

"He's not a very good actor. He's too obvious most of the time, he has no confidence in his own facade, so he's constantly overemphasizing his sincerity," Miller said.

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