Marilyn, Arthur and the Roxbury Writing Sheds

The former home of Arthur Miller – at 153 Tophet Road in Roxbury, Connecticut – is now occupied by another Pulitzer Prize winner, New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt, the Connecticut Post reveals. Arthur purchased the house in 1947 and lived there with his first wife, Mary Slattery, and their two children.

In June 1956, Arthur and Marilyn announced their engagement in a press conference at Tophet Road. The property was sold soon afterwards, and the newlyweds later purchased another home nearby, at 232 Tophet Road. (After his marriage to Marilyn ended in 1961, Arthur kept the second Tophet Road property and would remain there until his death in 2005.)

Common to both properties are the cabins built by Arthur himself as writers’ studios. “There’s a writing shed in the back where he wrote Death of a Salesman,” Blitt confirms of Miller’s first Roxbury home. “I went up there with a drawing pad and thought I’d get some great ideas, and I got nothing.”

In 1958, Arthur built a second ‘writing shed’ at his new Roxbury address, which you can read about here.