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  • 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...
  • Alexandros Rizos Rangavis (1809 - 1892)
    Alexandros Rizos Rangavis (commonly also Rhangabe) (December 25, 1810–June 28, 1892), was a Greek savant, poet and statesman. [edit] Early life He was born at Constantinople to a Phanariot family. ...
  • Christopher Fry (1907 - 2005)
    Christopher Fry (18 December 1907 – 30 June 2005) was an English playwright. He is best known for his verse dramas, notably The Lady's Not for Burning, which made him a major force in theatre in the ...
  • Paul Schmidt (1934 - 1999)
    Paul Schmidt was an American translator, poet, playwright, and essayist. A man of eclectic interests, he graduated from Colgate University in 1955, and studied at Harvard University. He studied mime ...


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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