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
 

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828, French
Writer

W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865, Irish
Poet & Dramatist

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

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885, British
Novelist
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888, American
Playwright

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843, American
Writer

Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860, British, Scottish
Writer
Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
20 March 1828, Norwegian
Playwright, Poet.

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868, Russian
Writer & Dramatist
Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870, British
Poet

Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821, French
Novelist, Writer

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894, British
Novelist and Playwright

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

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Novelist
Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
29 September 1864, Spanish
Writer

August StrindbergAugust Strindberg
22 January 1849, Swedish
Novelist

John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867, American
Nobel Laureate in Literature

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

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840, French
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet
William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874, British
Novelist & Playwright

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

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890, British
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform
Jalil MammadguluzadehJalil Mammadguluzadeh
22 February 1866, Azerbaijani
Satirist

Manuel Ortiz GuerreroManuel Ortiz Guerrero
16 July 1897, Paraguayan
Poet

Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
01 April 1809, Russian
Playwright
Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British
Actor

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Gabriele D'AnnunzioGabriele D'Annunzio
12 March 1863, Italian
Poet
Dietrich EckartDietrich Eckart
23 March 1868, German
Poet

Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824, French
Author

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

Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt
25 January 1824, Indian
Poet, Writer
Jaishankar PrasadJaishankar Prasad
30 January 1889, Indian
Poet
Ben HechtBen Hecht
28 February 1893, American
Screenwriter

Thornton Niven WilderThornton Wilder
17 April 1897, American
Playwright

Edward Bulwer-LyttonEdward Bulwer-Lytton
25 May 1803, British
Writer

Sean O'CaseySean O'Casey
30 March 1880, Northern Irish
Dramatist
Ira AldridgeIra Aldridge
24 July 1807, American
Actor

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

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

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878, Irish, British
Dramatist
Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866, French
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886, Austrian, British
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University
Lorenz HartLorenz Hart
02 May 1895, American
Lyricist, Composer, Playwright, Songwriter,

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra
09 September 1850, Indian
Writer

W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836, British
Dramatist
Charles MacArthurCharles MacArthur
05 November 1895, American
Playwright

Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
26 July 1875, Spanish
Poet, Writer, Playwright
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896, French
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

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

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

Sidney HowardSidney Howard
26 June 1891, American
Playwright

Natalie Clifford BarneyNatalie Clifford Barney
31 October 1876, American
Playwright
Robert MusilRobert Musil
06 November 1880, Austrian
Writer, Librarian, Novelist, Playwright,

Thomas Dixon Jr.Thomas Dixon Jr.
11 January 1864, American
Politician

Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
01 April 1810, British
Chess Master

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck
29 August 1862, Belgian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright,
Booth TarkingtonBooth Tarkington
29 July 1869, American
Novelist

Edmund WilsonEdmund Wilson
08 May 1895, American
Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic,
Augusta, Lady GregoryAugusta, Lady Gregory
15 March 1852, Northern Irish
Dramatist

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

Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873, French
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish
07 May 1892, American
Librarian, Poet, Playwright, Writer, University

Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
17 February 1836, Spanish
Poet, Short story writer, Playwright, Writer
Hugo von HofmannsthalHugo von Hofmannsthal
01 February 1874, Austrian
Novelist, Librettist, Poet, Playwright, Writer,

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803, French
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,

Ion Luca CaragialeIon Luca Caragiale
01 February 1852, Romanian
linguist, poet, writer, journalist, playwright
George ArlissGeorge Arliss
10 April 1868, British
Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer,

William Dean HowellsWilliam Dean Howells
01 March 1837, American
Novelist
Ernst TollerErnst Toller
01 December 1893, German
Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889, French
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887, American
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,

Franz WerfelFranz Werfel
10 September 1890, Austrian, Czech, American
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Science
François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885, French
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,
Patricia CollingePatricia Collinge
20 September 1892, Irish
Actress

Curzio MalaparteCurzio Malaparte
09 June 1898, Italian
Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Diplomat,

Felix SaltenFelix Salten
06 September 1869, Austrian
Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist, Novelist,

Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868, French
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet
Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861, Italian
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,

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

Robert RiskinRobert Riskin
30 March 1897, American
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,

Susan GlaspellSusan Glaspell
01 July 1876, American
Playwright

Maxwell MaltzMaxwell Maltz
10 March 1889, American
Physician, Writer, Playwright
DuBose HeywardDuBose Heyward
31 August 1885, American
Author

Aḥmad ShawqīAḥmad Shawqī
17 October 1870, Egyptian
Poet
Minna CanthMinna Canth
19 March 1844, Finnish
Writer

Lion FeuchtwangerLion Feuchtwanger
07 July 1884, German
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist
Kyōka IzumiKyōka Izumi
04 November 1873, Japanese
Novelist
Bjørnstjerne BjørnsonBjørnstjerne Bjørnson
08 December 1832, Norwegian
Writer