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Arthur Miller: Focus

(Fiction, 240 p. 1945)

A reticent personnel manager living with his mother shares the prejudices of his times and of his neighbors, until he begins wearing glasses, and others begin to mistake him for a Jew. Miller’s only novel investigates the insidious effects of increasing anti-Semitism in New York in 1945.

Kirkus Review

Review by Charles Poore, New York Times, November 24, 1945

Review by Evelyn Sheffner, Commentary Magazine, February 1, 1946

Arthur Miller’s Focus by Ami Eden, excerpted and reprinted from “A World in Which
Everything Hurts” published in the Forward (July 30, 2004).