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Playwrights

A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama.

These works may be written specifically to be performed by actors, or they may be closet dramas - simple literary works - written using dramatic forms, but not meant for performance.

The earliest playwrights in Western literature with surviving works are the Ancient Greeks. These early plays were written for annual Athenian competitions among playwrights [ref. Fraser, Neil. Theatre History Explained, The Cowood Press, 2004, page 11] held around the 5th century BC.

Such notables as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes established forms still relied on by their modern counterparts.

See also

* Radio Script Writers
* Screenwriters

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