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  • Thomas Norton, MP (1532 - 1584)
    ) Family and Education b. by 1552, 1st s. of Thomas Norton, grocer of London, by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Merry of Northaw, Herts. educ. Michaelhouse, Camb. matric. c.1544, MA 1570; I. Temple 1555. m...
  • Frederick Hugh Herbert (1897 - 1958)
    Frederick Hugh Herbert, born as Fredrich Hermann Hirschler, (May 29, 1897 - May 17, 1958) was a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, short story writer, and infrequent film director. Among his Broadway ...
  • 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...

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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