Who are some famous play writers?


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Some of the most famous play writers (or playwrights) include William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Tom Stoppard. While Shakespeare is long deceased and Miller died in 2005, Stoppard has enjoyed popularity with his 2006 play "Rock 'n' Roll." He also contributed his play writing expertise to the screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love," which was released to critical acclaim in 1998.

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Since establishing himself as a playwright in 1960, Stoppard has written many popular plays, including "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" and "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor."

The precise biographical details of William Shakespeare, perhaps history's most famous playwright, are unclear, owing to the lack of records kept in his era. It is unknown, for example, how he embarked upon his career in the theater and how he earned a living beforehand. His works are well-known, of which the earliest include "Henry VI, Part 3." One of his last plays was "The Two Noble Kinsmen," on which he collaborated with John Fletcher.

The American playwright Arthur Miller, who died in 2005, was known for his social commentary and political engagement. One of his most famous works, "The Crucible," was a allegorical critique of the House of Un-American Activities Committee and its "witch-hunt" of communists in the United States.

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