dra·​ma·​tist | \ˈdra-mə-tist, ˈdrä-\

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the American dramatist Arthur Miller

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As a dramatist, when there’s a massive amount of smoke, there’s probably fire. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, "Who Was Moe Berg? A Spy, a Big-League Catcher and an Enigma," 21 June 2018 And like 14th century dramatist, Tower is himself a master storyteller. David Nash, Town & Country, "Polarizing Chef Jeremiah Tower On Restaurant Cooking, Alice Waters, and His New Book Flavors of Taste," 21 Apr. 2018 These are long plays (each runs approximately three hours with two intermissions), composed in gusts of the most refined language ever set down by a dramatist writing in English. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience," 9 Apr. 2018 Simon has used them, like a poet or dramatist, to strut a series of mysterious personae across the stage of his multifaceted albums. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Paul Simon: The Life’ Review: The Fighter Still Remains," 3 May 2018 In a 25-year career as a screenwriter, director and dramatist, Lonergan has gravitated to contemporary tales of tragedy and alienation, often revolving around well-meaning, self-sabotaging screw-ups. Meredith Blake, latimes.com, "Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan goes back in time with Starz's 'Howards End'," 5 Apr. 2018 What money can’t buy, however, is where Coogler’s skills as a moment-by-moment dramatist come in. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Black Panther' review: A sleek Marvel of a kingly superhero," 13 Feb. 2018 Born in the late 1980s, the prolific Ms. Ferrentino has already established herself as a dramatist willing to wrestle with overpowering contemporary subjects. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘This Flat Earth’ Traces Childhood Fears No Parent Can Allay," 9 Apr. 2018 Archibald MacLeish, a poet and dramatist, watched the event unfold on television and described his anguish in a speech at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, adapted for The Atlantic in the February 1963 issue. Burt Solomon, The Atlantic, "Our Back Pages: The Atlantic and Civil Rights," 4 Apr. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of dramatist

: someone who writes plays

: someone who writes dramas (sense 1b)


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