dra·​ma·​tist | \ ˈdra-mə-tist How to pronounce dramatist (audio) , ˈdrä-\

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the American dramatist Arthur Miller

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Back in 1941, Jünger had met the dramatist Sacha Guitry at the home of the Marquis de Brinon (a prominent collaborator with a Jewish wife). Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019 McDonagh complicates Mildred's story by showing how the lust for justice can grow depraved the longer it is denied — a favorite subject of dramatists going back to Aeschylus. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Why 'Three Billboards' and 'Call Me by Your Name' leave this theater critic cold," 1 Mar. 2018 Géricault had the heart of a dramatist, and was as schooled in the costs of war as in its splendors. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘Mutiny: Works by Géricault’ Review: Equine Passions and Anxieties," 8 Sep. 2018 In March, David Rockwell and his team reopened the 1886 Gran Hotel Inglés on Calle Echegaray—named for the Spanish dramatist—with a spa, lobby bar, and restaurant. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editors' Picks: Things We're Obsessed With This Month," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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English Language Learners Definition of dramatist

: someone who writes plays
: someone who writes dramas (sense 1b)


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