Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Arthur Miller secured his position as a great American literary contributor well before his death in 2005. But, much of his work has remained in limbo since his demise. Currently, in excess of 160 boxes of papers and manuscripts sit uncatalogued and inaccessible to scholars, stored at the University of Texas at Austin in the Harry Ransom Center. Another cache of his work, which includes over 8,000 pages Miller’s private journals, remains at his home in Connecticut, viewed only by a few who were close to the writer. The delay in the release of Miller’s stored materials has been in part due to a bidding war between Yale and the Ransom Center. Miller’s estate attempted to sell the material to Yale after a $2.7 million offer, despite his wish that his work remain in Texas. The Ransom Center countered with the same offer, since Miller apparently provide them with the right of first refusal.
See Jennifer Schuessler, Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive, The New York Times, January 9, 2018.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.