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    Harry Carey (1878 - 1947)
    Harry Carey was an American actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars, usually cast as a Western hero. One of his best known performances is as the president of the United States Senate in the...
  • Artturi Järviluoma (Jernström) (1879 - 1942)
    Journalist. Author : plays, movie scripts , causeries, radio dramas. Artturi Järviluoma is known as the author of the play Pohjalaisia 1914. From the play Leevi Madetoja made libretto to his Op...
  • Frances Nimmo Greene (1867 - 1937)
    Writer, teacher, librarian. Born– April 5, 1867. Tuscaloosa. Parents– Thomas Finley and Virginia (Owen) Greene. Education– Tuscaloosa Female College. Local correspondent for the Philadelphia Times, 188...
  • Rebecca Gilman (1965 - d.)
    Rebecca Gilman (born 1965 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American playwright. Education She attended Middlebury College, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College, and earned a Master of Fine Art...
  • Peretz Hirshbein (1880 - 1948)
    Peretz Hirshbein ((Yiddish: פרץ הירשביין‎;7 November 1880, Melnik, Kleszczele, Grodno Governorate – 16 August 1948, Los Angeles) was a Yiddish-language playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer, ...


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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