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A Memory of Two Mondays (1955) is one of Miller's most overtly autobiographical works. It chronicles the playwright at the age of eighteen during the early 1930s when he worked at an auto parts warehouse in New York to save enough money to attend college. This scholarly edition with extensive commentary and notes is ideal for students.


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A Memory of Two Mondays (1955) is one of Miller's most overtly autobiographical works. It chronicles the playwright at the age of eighteen during the early 1930s when he worked at an auto parts warehouse in New York to save enough money to attend college. This scholarly edition with extensive commentary and notes is ideal for students.

30 review for A Memory of Two Mondays

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Eskildsen

    Some say this play has no plot but they are just missing it. It is the story of a young man passing through a world that is like a trap. It is a trap that he is able to escape only because he lives with his mother. He receives 15 dollars a week and is able to save 11 of it so that he can go to college. The only other person to escape is Gus, but it is not the way most would like to escape. It is a memory. Many think of it as realism like Chekov, but it is actually expressionism because it is an Some say this play has no plot but they are just missing it. It is the story of a young man passing through a world that is like a trap. It is a trap that he is able to escape only because he lives with his mother. He receives 15 dollars a week and is able to save 11 of it so that he can go to college. The only other person to escape is Gus, but it is not the way most would like to escape. It is a memory. Many think of it as realism like Chekov, but it is actually expressionism because it is an amalgam of many days not just two and not just mondays. It is a memory of times that were very difficult and the people you worked with were like family. In fact that family like atmosphere of people looking out for one another is what got you through it. I loved this story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Romany Arrowsmith

    Captures an American era during which there was a 25% unemployment rate, weird to think about

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frederick

    SPOILERS: All right, I'm going to give away stuff here. I think I'm the only person who's ever going to write about what happens in this one-act play. It was written in 1955 or so. It's clearly about Arthur Miller's time working in an auto-parts place just before going off to college. It takes place in New York City just after Hitler has become Chancellor of Germany. Not only do we learn at the start of the play that he's just "taken over Germany," but we learn that most of the people who work SPOILERS: All right, I'm going to give away stuff here. I think I'm the only person who's ever going to write about what happens in this one-act play. It was written in 1955 or so. It's clearly about Arthur Miller's time working in an auto-parts place just before going off to college. It takes place in New York City just after Hitler has become Chancellor of Germany. Not only do we learn at the start of the play that he's just "taken over Germany," but we learn that most of the people who work there have not been following the news. A sense, then, is established of people heading toward something cataclysmic while going through their workaday motions. The main character, Bert, is the Ishmael of this crew. Clearly, he's off to a better life than the others. He has a doppelganger, a young Irish immigrant around his age, who has all the intellect of Bert but a reverse destiny. He is going downhill and knows it. This Irish character is not only the comic relief, he is the tragic figure in this problem play. I call it a problem play not because it is problematic but because this is the term I've heard used about those of Shakespeare's plays which are not quite comedies and not quite tragedies. A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS is necessarily nostalgic, given the word "Memory" in the title, but it is also about memory. Stuff which seems of the utmost importance to Bert when he is young is shown to be, not trivial, but impossible, for the mature playwright Bert clearly has become, to consider except through the light of the larger tragedy of events which came long after the events of the play. There are, indeed, two Mondays. The one at the start is a summer day when Bert tells his co-workers (though not for the first time, apparently) that he thinks he'll get into college next year, and the Monday at the end of the play, which is the day he leaves work, bound for college. In the middle is a sequence, quite dreamlike, during which Bert and the young Irishman stand, washing the windows, talking about their dreams and nightmares as the weather beyond the windows changes. Although less than a year passes in this sequence, an emotional era has passed. The Irishman loses his sense of poetry in a steady surrender to drink, while Bert becomes something of a figure of resentment for the other workers, who are beginning to perceive him as someone who will never have to see their like again. Never mind that the war is going to overtake the country in six years; the world of Bert's co-workers is limited to this job, but Bert's is opening up. Long after the war (although '55 was only ten years after its end--not very long from my standpoint in 2009), Bert can ONLY think of them as the figures from that bittersweet warehouse job. Of course, Miller does not come out and say Bert became a playwright, but this play can only be understood as a work by somebody absolutely known to his audience. A guy like Miller could pull that off. I think this is better than almost any major work by almost any other American playwright, including O'Neill. It is funny, ironic and moving, giving dignity to its shabby characters. And it must be great to hear the actor who plays the Irishman sing that nostalgic song which so captures the mood of A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS: "The Minstrel Boy To The War Has Gone." You'll find this work collected in Arthur Miller's book, EIGHT PLAYS. Stage it, if you can. there's a DVD of a stage production taped in the seventies. I have not seen it. But it was great to read this play the other night. Miller's stage directions are to-the-point, but really vivid.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Most of Arthur millers plays such as A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman etc. are categorized as modern tragedies; the struggles of the everyday man; social American tragedies, focusing on the dark side of the American dream. All my Sons is a classic play, about guilt, responsibility, and the relationship between fathers and sons in the aftermath of a World War II corruption case, when two brothers come together to dispose of their parents' estate, their Most of Arthur miller’s plays such as “A View from the Bridge”, “The Crucible”, “All My Sons”, “Death of a Salesman” etc. are categorized as modern tragedies; the struggles of the everyday man; social American tragedies, focusing on the dark side of the American dream. “All my Sons” is a classic play, about guilt, responsibility, and the relationship between fathers and sons in the aftermath of a World War II corruption case, when two brothers come together to dispose of their parents' estate, their divergent attitudes and dispositions become increasingly accentuated: “Price”. Exploring the intersection between one man's self-delusion and the brutal trajectory of fate: (A View from the Bridge). Revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association, but placed the outrage of McCarthyism in historical perspective: (The crucible). An anguished consideration of mortality and the gulf between men and women: (Elegy for a lady). Re-creating Dante's hell inside the gaping pit that is our history and populates it with sinners whose crimes are all the more fearful because they are so recognizable: (Incident at Vichy). A darkly comic satirical allegory that poses the question; What would happen if Christ were to appear in the world today: (Resurrection blues). A casual, warm-spirited and innocuous musical chalk talk whose future is likely to reside with amateur church and synagogue theater groups: (Up from Paradise). So simple in style and so inevitable in theme, where Miller has looked with compassion into the hearts of some ordinary Americans and quietly transferred their hope and anguish to the theatre: (Death of Salesman). A superb drama though Miller says; "…a love story between a man and his son, and... between both of them and America"! Though Miller’s works have always some social-political back ground in one or another way, but plays such as; “The archbishop’s ceiling” are referring directly to political issues (political situation in East Block in 1950’s and 60’s.) He has also plays which are less interesting; “A Memory of Two Mondays”, “Danger: Memory”; “I can’t remember anything”, “Clara”, “After the fall”, “Some kind of love story”, “The Last Yankee”, “Broken Glass”, “The Creation of the World and Other Business”, “The Ride Down Mount Morgan”, “American Clock”, etc.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    I have recently been reading Arthur millers work and have to say this particular one for me is the best work he has written. I believe this is so underrated and not gave the props it deserves. maybe I have a strong connection within the story that Arthur's trying to tell and show, I can relate to this play 100% and that feel of sadness that Bert has when he leaves he doesn't say it's all written in the subtexts. It's a memory which indicates already that everyone and the workplace was close to I have recently been reading Arthur millers work and have to say this particular one for me is the best work he has written. I believe this is so underrated and not gave the props it deserves. maybe I have a strong connection within the story that Arthur's trying to tell and show, I can relate to this play 100% and that feel of sadness that Bert has when he leaves he doesn't say it's all written in the subtexts. It's a memory which indicates already that everyone and the workplace was close to berts heart. You have to look at the detail to understand. Fantastic work again from the godfather of play writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nick Jones

    A short one act play, but there are two transitions. Set in an automobile parts warehouse in the early 1930s, the first part of the play is set one Monday morning during the summer, then there is a transition and it is another Monday morning in the winter (I presume 18 months after the first section), and then there is a final transition to a short sequence that takes place the following day. Theres not really a story, rather there is a series of incidents and there isnt a central character, A short one act play, but there are two transitions. Set in an automobile parts warehouse in the early 1930s, the first part of the play is set one Monday morning during the summer, then there is a transition and it is another Monday morning in the winter (I presume 18 months after the first section), and then there is a final transition to a short sequence that takes place the following day. There’s not really a story, rather there is a series of incidents – and there isn’t a central character, rather there is an ensemble, the workers at the warehouse. Not that much happens, but there is progression. In the first section there is a sense of camaraderie, friendships, but also tensions. One character drinks and arrives in a stupor, the others (some grudgingly) try to cover for him when an owner turns up. In the second section the drunk is now sober, but another character is drunk – and yet another is suffering from the night before. Maybe it shows workers being worn down by their lives. A youngster is saving up to go to college and the last scene is his last day: he leaves but it doesn’t have much impact on anyone else. Maybe in production it can come together, maybe there are repeated motifs holding it together...maybe I just wasn’t in the mood when I read it: it had its interests but maybe a little forgettable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abeer Nwaider

    موظفون في مخزن بيع قطع سيارات يعيشون يومي اثنين عاديين مع القارئ الشخصيات متنوعة وليس فيهم بطل فيهم الشاب المفعم بالحياة والباحث عن مستقبل افضل فيهم اللامبالي وفيهم الحكيم وصاحب الراي وفيهم الصارم والقيادي ولكن ما الرابط المشترك بينهم انه ذلك المخزن هو رمز لحياتنا ورتابتها ومن يمرون فيها وكيف يرحلون دون ان تتغيرا عجلة الحياة هذا المخزن استمر رغم موت احدهم واستقالة الاخر الانه استمر بنفس النظام ونفس الوتيرة لم تجذبني الحبكة نعم انها رمزية جميلة لكني لم احب الاسلوب ولا الحبكة ولم اشعر بما اشعر به من موظفون في مخزن بيع قطع سيارات يعيشون يومي اثنين عاديين مع القارئ الشخصيات متنوعة وليس فيهم بطل فيهم الشاب المفعم بالحياة والباحث عن مستقبل افضل فيهم اللامبالي وفيهم الحكيم وصاحب الراي وفيهم الصارم والقيادي ولكن ما الرابط المشترك بينهم؟ انه ذلك المخزن هو رمز لحياتنا ورتابتها ومن يمرون فيها وكيف يرحلون دون ان تتغيرا عجلة الحياة هذا المخزن استمر رغم موت احدهم واستقالة الاخر الانه استمر بنفس النظام ونفس الوتيرة لم تجذبني الحبكة نعم انها رمزية جميلة لكني لم احب الاسلوب ولا الحبكة ولم اشعر بما اشعر به من تعاطف وسعادة مع شخصيات المسرحية ربما لان البطل جماد اكتسبنا شيء من صفاته

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim Leckband

    This is a play set in a auto parts warehouse in the time of the depression and Hitler's rise. Miller does not explicitly take on any social issues in this play so there isn't a "message" underlying everything. Rather it is a slice of life of a group of workers who have to be in each other's life not by choice but because they are working together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Glen Creason

    Although it is just one act it seems very underrated and exceptionally poignant in these times of economic struggles. Great dialogue, memorable characters and a theme that continues to strike home half seventy years later.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Very haunting in a depressing sort of way... Seems like it should be deleted scenes of Tom and Jim's life in the warehouse from Tennessee Williams "The Glass Menagerie", which lent it a strange out of place feel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Terrific

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily Dybdahl

    The dreariness of everyday factory work. It was ok but no Death of a Salesman.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Peterson

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Mehrsa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arsenii Gavritskov

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  20. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

  21. 5 out of 5

    eme

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ofa Fotu

  25. 4 out of 5

    Primitiva

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ali Pakravan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Impqueen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Noel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rudy

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