dramatist

A dramatist, or playwright, is a person who writes plays. Tennessee Williams, who wrote "The Glass Menagerie," is an example of a famous American dramatist.

Using the noun dramatist is actually a pretty dramatic way to refer to a playwright. Its root is the word drama, which comes from a Greek word meaning "to do." So a dramatist is a writer whose works are full of action: stage directions, movement, and lines meant to be spoken by stage actors. If you scramble the letters of the word dramatist, you end up with "amidst art."

Definitions of dramatist
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n someone who writes plays

Synonyms:
playwright
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Aeschylus
Greek tragedian; the father of Greek tragic drama (525-456 BC)
Edward Franklin Albeen
United States dramatist (1928-)
Maxwell Anderson
United States dramatist (1888-1959)
Jean Anouilh
French dramatist noted for his reinterpretations of Greek myths (1910-1987)
Aristophanes
an ancient Greek dramatist remembered for his comedies (448-380 BC)
Sir James Matthew Barrie
Scottish dramatist and novelist; created Peter Pan (1860-1937)
Francis Beaumont
English dramatist who collaborated with John Fletcher (1584-1616)
Samuel Beckett
a playwright and novelist (born in Ireland) who lived in France; wrote plays for the theater of the absurd (1906-1989)
Bertolt Brecht
German dramatist and poet who developed a style of epic theater (1898-1956)
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Spanish poet and dramatist considered one of the great Spanish writers (1600-1681)
Karel Capek
Czech writer who introduced the word `robot' into the English language (1890-1938)
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Spanish writer best remembered for `Don Quixote' which satirizes chivalry and influenced the development of the novel form (1547-1616)
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Russian dramatist whose plays are concerned with the difficulty of communication between people (1860-1904)
William Congreve
English playwright remembered for his comedies (1670-1729)
Pierre Corneille
French tragic dramatist whose plays treat grand moral themes in elegant verse (1606-1684)
Sir Noel Pierce Coward
English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Russel Crouse
United States playwright (1893-1966)
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac
a French soldier and dramatist remembered chiefly for fighting many duels (often over the size of his nose); was immortalized in 1897 in a play by Edmond Rostand (1619-1655)
Thomas Decker
English dramatist and pamphleteer (1572-1632)
John Dryden
the outstanding poet and dramatist of the Restoration (1631-1700)
Thomas Stearns Eliot
British poet (born in the United States) who won the Nobel prize for literature; his plays are outstanding examples of modern verse drama (1888-1965)
Euripides
one of the greatest tragic dramatists of ancient Greece (480-406 BC)
John Fletcher
prolific English dramatist who collaborated with Francis Beaumont and many other dramatists (1579-1625)
Christopher Fry
English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907)
Athol Fugard
South African playwright whose plays feature the racial tensions in South Africa during apartheid (born in 1932)
Frederico Garcia Lorca
Spanish poet and dramatist who was shot dead by Franco's soldiers soon after the start of the Spanish Civil War (1898-1936)
Jean Genet
French writer of novels and dramas for the theater of the absurd (1910-1986)
Andre Paul Guillaume Gide
French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux
French novelist and dramatist whose plays were reinterpretations of Greek myths (1882-1944)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German poet and novelist and dramatist who lived in Weimar (1749-1832)
Carlo Goldoni
prolific Italian dramatist (1707-1793)
Harley Granville-Barker
English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
Moss Hart
United States playwright who collaborated with George S. Kaufman (1904-1961)
Vaclav Havel
Czech dramatist and statesman whose plays opposed totalitarianism and who served as president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992 and president of the Czech Republic since 1993 (born in 1936)
Christian Friedrich Hebbel
German dramatist (1813-1863)
Lillian Hellman
United States playwright; her plays were often indictments of injustice (1905-1984)
Victor-Marie Hugo
French poet and novelist and dramatist; leader of the romantic movement in France (1802-1885)
Henrik Johan Ibsen
realistic Norwegian author who wrote plays on social and political themes (1828-1906)
William Inge
United States playwright (1913-1973)
Eugene Ionesco
French dramatist (born in Romania) who was a leading exponent of the theater of the absurd (1912-1994)
Benjamin Jonson
English dramatist and poet who was the first real poet laureate of England (1572-1637)
George Simon Kaufman
United States playwright who collaborated with many other writers including Moss Hart (1889-1961)
Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist
German dramatist whose works concern people torn between reason and emotion (1777-1811)
Thomas Kid
English dramatist (1558-1594)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
German playwright and leader of the Enlightenment (1729-1781)
Howard Lindsay
United States playwright who collaborated with Russel Crouse on several musicals (1889-1931)
Clare Booth Luce
United States playwright and public official (1902-1987)
Count Maurice Maeterlinck
Belgian playwright (1862-1949)
David Mamet
United States playwright (born in 1947)
Christopher Marlowe
English poet and playwright who introduced blank verse as a form of dramatic expression; was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl (1564-1593)
John Marstan
English playwright (1575-1634)
Menander
comic dramatist of ancient Greece (342-292 BC)
Thomas Middleton
English playwright and pamphleteer (1570-1627)
Arthur Miller
United States playwright (1915-2005)
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
French author of sophisticated comedies (1622-1673)
Ferenc Molnar
Hungarian playwright (1878-1952)
Sean O'Casey
Irish playwright (1880-1964)
Clifford Odets
United States playwright (1906-1963)
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
United States playwright (1888-1953)
John James Osborne
English playwright (1929-1994)
Harold Pinter
English dramatist whose plays are characterized by silences and the use of inaction (born in 1930)
Luigi Pirandello
Italian novelist and playwright (1867-1936)
George Dibdin Pitt
a British playwright who created the fictional character Sweeney Todd (1799-1855)
Titus Maccius Plautus
comic dramatist of ancient Rome (253?-184 BC)
Jean Baptiste Racine
French advocate of Jansenism; tragedian who based his works on Greek and Roman themes (1639-1699)
Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan
British playwright (1911-1977)
Elmer Leopold Rice
United States playwright (1892-1967)
Esme Stuart Lennox Robinson
Irish playwright and theater manager in Dublin (1886-1958)
Edmond Rostand
French dramatist and poet whose play immortalized Cyrano de Bergerac (1868-1918)
Jean-Paul Sartre
French writer and existentialist philosopher (1905-1980)
Augustin Eugene Scribe
French playwright (1791-1861)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)
William Shakespeare
English poet and dramatist considered one of the greatest English writers (1564-1616)
George Bernard Shaw
British playwright (born in Ireland); founder of the Fabian Society (1856-1950)
Sam Shepard
United States author of surrealistic allegorical plays (born in 1943)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Irish playwright remembered for his satirical comedies of manners (1751-1816)
Robert Emmet Sherwood
United States playwright (1896-1955)
Marvin Neil Simon
United States playwright noted for light comedies (born in 1927)
Sophocles
one of the great tragedians of ancient Greece (496-406 BC)
Thomas Straussler
British dramatist (born in Czechoslovakia in 1937)
Johan August Strindberg
Swedish dramatist and novelist (1849-1912)
Edmund John Millington Synge
Irish poet and playwright whose plays are based on rural Irish life (1871-1909)
Publius Terentius Afer
dramatist of ancient Rome (born in Greece) whose comedies were based on works by Menander (190?-159 BC)
Tirso de Molina
Spanish dramatist who wrote the first dramatic treatment of the legend of Don Juan (1571-1648)
Peter Alexander Ustinov
British actor and playwright (1921-2004)
Lope Felix de Vega Carpio
prolific Spanish playwright (1562-1635)
John Webster
English playwright (1580-1625)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde
Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)
Thornton Niven Wilder
United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)
Thomas Lanier Williams
United States playwright (1911-1983)
William Wycherley
English playwright noted for his humorous and satirical plays (1640-1716)
William Butler Yeats
Irish poet and dramatist (1865-1939)
Type of:
author, writer
writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

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