Who Are the Most Famous Drama Writers?

Some of the most famous drama writers include William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller. Each of these playwrights exerted considerable influence on the medium of drama, and their works are still celebrated today.

William Shakespeare is the most famous dramatist of all time, and his considerable body of work also positions him as possibly the most talented. Commonly referred to as "The Bard," Shakespeare's 38 plays are celebrated worldwide, and nearly every subsequent playwright is influenced by his work. Many of Shakespeare's classic works, such as "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet" and "Macbeth," are among the most well-known dramas in existence, and his works are performed more frequently than those of any other playwright.

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is another of the best-known figures in stage drama. One of the founders of modern theater, Ibsen's realist sensibility was a powerful influence on 20th-century theater. Exiled from Norway for much of his life, Ibsen wrote many celebrated and controversial plays, including "A Doll's House" and "Hedda Gabler." Ibsen's plays are among the most widely performed in the world, second only to Shakespeare.

Arthur Miller was famous due to both his work and his tumultuous personal life. "The Death of a Salesman" made Miller's reputation, while his marriage to Marilyn Monroe kept him in the public eye.