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American Playwrights

  • Lillian Hellman (1905 - 1984): Topic Page
    U.S. dramatist. Her works include the plays The Little Foxes (1939), The Searching Wind (1944), and the autobiographical Scoundrel Time (1976).
  • George Kaufman (1889 - 1961): Topic Page
    American playwright noted for many collaborations, including Dinner at Eight (1932) with Edna Ferber and You Can't Take It with You (1936) with Moss Hart. MORE
  • Tony Kushner (1956 - ): Topic Page
    American playwright who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Millennium Approaches (1992), the first part of his trilogy Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. MORE
  • David Mamet (1947 - ): Topic Page
    U.S. dramatist and film director. His plays include Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1974), American Buffalo (1976), Glengarry Glen Ross (1983), and The Spanish Prisoner (1998). MORE
  • Arthur Miller (1915 - 2005): Topic Page
    American playwright whose works include Death of a Salesman (1949), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, and The Crucible (1953). MORE
  • Eugene O'Neill (1888 - 1953): Topic Page
    U.S. dramatist. His works, which are notable for their emotional power and psychological analysis, include Desire under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning becomes Elektra (1931), Long Day's Journey into Night (1941), and The Iceman Cometh (1946): Nobel prize for literature 1936. MORE
  • Neil Simon (1927 - ): Topic Page
    American playwright whose lighthearted comedies of middle-class life include The Odd Couple (1965) and Lost in Yonkers (1991), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. MORE
  • Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975): Topic Page
    American playwright and novelist, b. Madison, Wis., grad. Yale (B.A., 1920) and Princeton (M.A., 1925). He received most of his early education in China, where his father was in the U.S. consular service. MORE
  • Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983): Topic Page
    Playwright, born in Columbus, Mississippi, USA. From an old Tennessee family (he adopted his first name by 1939 while in New Orleans), he was raised under the influence of his clergyman-grandfather. MORE

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