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

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802, French
 

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

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894, British
Novelist and Playwright
Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821, French
Novelist, Writer

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896, French
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre
August StrindbergAugust Strindberg
22 January 1849, Swedish
Novelist

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
29 September 1864, Spanish
Writer

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867, Italian
Writer

John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867, American
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
11 December 1810, French
Dramatist, Poet, Novelist

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

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880, British
Poet
William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874, British
Novelist & Playwright

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

Jalil MammadguluzadehJalil Mammadguluzadeh
22 February 1866, Azerbaijani
Satirist

Manuel Ortiz GuerreroManuel Ortiz Guerrero
16 July 1897, Paraguayan
Poet

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890, British
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform
Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799, Russian
Poet

W. Somerset MaughamW. Somerset Maugham
25 January 1874, French, British
Playwright, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
02 May 1860, Hungarian
Journalist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Lawyer,
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
28 November 1881, Austrian, British
Writer, Translator, Journalist, Playwright, Poet,

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Oscar Hammerstein IIOscar Hammerstein II
12 July 1895, American
Songwriter, Librettist, Song book, Screenwriter,

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British
Actor

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,

Jaishankar PrasadJaishankar Prasad
30 January 1889, Indian
Poet
Lorenz HartLorenz Hart
02 May 1895, American
Lyricist, Composer, Playwright, Songwriter,

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt
25 January 1824, Indian
Poet, Writer

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Sukumar RaySukumar Ray
30 October 1887, Indian
Photographer, Poet, Writer, Illustrator,

Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science
Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886, Austrian, British
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University

Ben HechtBen Hecht
28 February 1893, American
Screenwriter

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

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

Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866, French
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,
Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra
09 September 1850, Indian
Actor, Journalist, Writer, Poet

Arthur SchnitzlerArthur Schnitzler
15 May 1862, Austrian
Writer, Playwright, Physician, Screenwriter,

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck
29 August 1862, Belgian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright,

George S. KaufmanGeorge S. Kaufman
16 November 1889, American
Theatre director, Screenwriter, Journalist,
Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868, French
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter

Robert MusilRobert Musil
06 November 1880, Austrian
Writer, Librarian, Novelist, Playwright,
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896, British
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Marcel PagnolMarcel Pagnol
28 February 1895, French
Theatre director, Film director, Writer,

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803, French
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873, French
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist

Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
26 July 1875, Spanish
Poet, Writer, Playwright
George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887, American
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,

William GilletteWilliam Gillette
24 July 1853, American
actor, screenwriter, stage actor, writer

Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish
07 May 1892, American
Librarian, Poet, Playwright, Writer, University
Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889, French
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

Franz WerfelFranz Werfel
10 September 1890, Austrian, Czech, American
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Science
Edmund WilsonEdmund Wilson
08 May 1895, American
Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic,

Ernst TollerErnst Toller
01 December 1893, German
Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

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

François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885, French
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,
Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
17 February 1836, Spanish
Poet, Short story writer, Playwright, Writer
Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861, Italian
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,

César VallejoCésar Vallejo
16 March 1892, Peruvian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist

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

Maxwell MaltzMaxwell Maltz
10 March 1889, American
Physician, Writer, Playwright
Curzio MalaparteCurzio Malaparte
09 June 1898, Italian
Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Diplomat,

Ion Luca CaragialeIon Luca Caragiale
01 February 1852, Romanian
linguist, poet, writer, journalist, playwright

Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868, French
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Lion FeuchtwangerLion Feuchtwanger
07 July 1884, German
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist
Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind
24 July 1864, German
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,

Felix SaltenFelix Salten
06 September 1869, Austrian
Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist, Novelist,
Pär LagerkvistPär Lagerkvist
23 May 1891, Swedish
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Essayist, Screenwriter

Andrei PlatonovAndrei Platonov
16 August 1899
Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer

Robert RiskinRobert Riskin
30 March 1897, American
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,
Hermann BrochHermann Broch
01 November 1886, Austrian
Writer, Playwright

Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry
21 February 1885, French
Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright, Film director,
Alexander OstrovskyAlexander Ostrovsky
31 March 1823, Russian
writer, librettist, playwright, journalist

Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882, French
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,

Ernst BarlachErnst Barlach
02 January 1870, German
Sculptor, Printmaker, Writer, Playwright, Painter

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898, French, Romanian
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,
William Somerset MaughamWilliam Somerset Maugham
25 January 1874, British
 

Wilson MiznerWilson Mizner
19 May 1876, American
Screenwriter, Writer
Ugo BettiUgo Betti
04 February 1892, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Judge

Thomas Stearns EliotThomas Stearns Eliot
26 September 1888, British, American
 
James M. BarrieJames M. Barrie
09 May 1860, Scottish
Novelist

William Schwenck GilbertWilliam Schwenck Gilbert
18 November 1836, British
 
Sir Arthur Wing PineroSir Arthur Wing Pinero
1855 AD, British