19th Century Playwrights
Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Playwrights, including Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas.
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854, Irish
Playwright
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802, French
 

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828, French
Writer

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885, British
Novelist

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843, American
Writer
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888, American
Playwright

Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
20 March 1828, Norwegian
Playwright, Poet.

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868, Russian
Writer & Dramatist
Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821, French
Novelist, Writer

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894, British
Novelist and Playwright
Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Novelist

August StrindbergAugust Strindberg
22 January 1849, Swedish
Novelist

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896, French
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
29 September 1864, Spanish
Writer

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867, Italian
Writer
John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867, American
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840, French
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet

Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
11 December 1810, French
Dramatist, Poet, Novelist
Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880, British
Poet

Mirza Fatali AkhundovMirza Fatali Akhundov
12 July 1812, Azerbaijani
Writer and Philisopher
W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865, Irish
Poet & Dramatist

Jalil MammadguluzadehJalil Mammadguluzadeh
22 February 1866, Azerbaijani
Satirist

William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874, British
Novelist & Playwright
Manuel Ortiz GuerreroManuel Ortiz Guerrero
16 July 1897, Paraguayan
Poet

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890, British
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform
Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870, British
Poet

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
01 April 1809, Russian
Playwright
John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

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Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British
Actor
Gabriele D'AnnunzioGabriele D'Annunzio
12 March 1863, Italian
Poet

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Thornton Niven WilderThornton Wilder
17 April 1897, American
Playwright

Edward Bulwer-LyttonEdward Bulwer-Lytton
25 May 1803, British
Writer
Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt
25 January 1824, Indian
Poet, Writer
Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science

Ben HechtBen Hecht
28 February 1893, American
Screenwriter

Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866, French
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Arthur SchnitzlerArthur Schnitzler
15 May 1862, Austrian
Writer, Playwright, Physician, Screenwriter,
Emma OrczyEmma Orczy
23 September 1865, Hungarian, British
Novelist

W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836, British
Dramatist

George S. KaufmanGeorge S. Kaufman
16 November 1889, American
Theatre director, Screenwriter, Journalist,

Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896, French
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

Sukumar RaySukumar Ray
30 October 1887, Indian
Photographer, Poet, Writer, Illustrator,
Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886, Austrian, British
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University

Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
26 July 1875, Spanish
Poet, Writer, Playwright
Lorenz HartLorenz Hart
02 May 1895, American
Lyricist, Composer, Playwright, Songwriter,

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878, Irish, British
Dramatist

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck
29 August 1862, Belgian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright,
Charles MacArthurCharles MacArthur
05 November 1895, American
Playwright

Robert MusilRobert Musil
06 November 1880, Austrian
Writer, Librarian, Novelist, Playwright,
Jaishankar PrasadJaishankar Prasad
30 January 1889, Indian
Poet

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896, British
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Natalie Clifford BarneyNatalie Clifford Barney
31 October 1876, American
Playwright

Edmund WilsonEdmund Wilson
08 May 1895, American
Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic,

Augusta, Lady GregoryAugusta, Lady Gregory
15 March 1852, Northern Irish
Dramatist
Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873, French
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist

Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868, French
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter

Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
17 February 1836, Spanish
Poet, Short story writer, Playwright, Writer

Thomas Dixon Jr.Thomas Dixon Jr.
11 January 1864, American
Politician
George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887, American
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,

Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish
07 May 1892, American
Librarian, Poet, Playwright, Writer, University
Maxwell MaltzMaxwell Maltz
10 March 1889, American
Physician, Writer, Playwright

Hugo von HofmannsthalHugo von Hofmannsthal
01 February 1874, Austrian
Novelist, Librettist, Poet, Playwright, Writer,

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803, French
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885, French
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,

Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861, Italian
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,
Curzio MalaparteCurzio Malaparte
09 June 1898, Italian
Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Diplomat,

Franz WerfelFranz Werfel
10 September 1890, Austrian, Czech, American
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Science

Ira AldridgeIra Aldridge
24 July 1807, American
Actor
William Dean HowellsWilliam Dean Howells
01 March 1837, American
Novelist

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889, French
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University
Ernst TollerErnst Toller
01 December 1893, German
Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

George ArlissGeorge Arliss
10 April 1868, British
Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer,

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann
15 November 1862, German, Polish
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist,

Miroslav KrležaMiroslav Krleža
07 July 1893, Croatian
Croatian author
Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824, French
Author
Lion FeuchtwangerLion Feuchtwanger
07 July 1884, German
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist

Sidney HowardSidney Howard
26 June 1891, American
Playwright

Bjørnstjerne BjørnsonBjørnstjerne Bjørnson
08 December 1832, Norwegian
Writer

Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868, French
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet
Felix SaltenFelix Salten
06 September 1869, Austrian
Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist, Novelist,

Conrad AikenConrad Aiken
05 August 1889, American
Writer

Robert E. SherwoodRobert E. Sherwood
04 April 1896, American
Playwright

DuBose HeywardDuBose Heyward
31 August 1885, American
Author

César VallejoCésar Vallejo
16 March 1892, Peruvian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist
Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Susan GlaspellSusan Glaspell
01 July 1876, American
Playwright
Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra
09 September 1850, Indian
Actor, Journalist, Writer, Poet

Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind
24 July 1864, German
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,
Mina LoyMina Loy
27 December 1882, British, American
Poet
Maxwell AndersonMaxwell Anderson
15 December 1888, American
Playwright