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  • Frances Burney (1776 - 1828)
  • Frances Burney (1752 - 1840)
    Frances Burney (13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and after her marriage as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now Ki...
  • Elinor Glyn (1864 - 1943)
    Elinor Glyn (October 17, 1864 - September 23, 1943), born Elinor Sutherland, was a British novelist and scriptwriter who pioneered mass-market women's erotic fiction. She coined the use of It as a eu...
  • Dr. Kurt Münzer (1879 - 1944)
    Kurt Münzer (* 18. April 1879 in Gleiwitz; † 27. April 1944 in Zürich) war ein deutscher Schriftsteller. Leben Münzer verlebte nach eigenen Aussagen eine „vergoldete Kindheit“ als Sohn von Mayer ...
  • Neil Simon (1927 - 2018)
    Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written numerous Broadway plays, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and The Odd Couple. He won the 1991...

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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