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  • Never mind that she hadn’t heard of George Bernard Shaw until the telegram—he was some famous playwright in England.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Montgomery has a beautiful park that houses the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, which brings nationally acclaimed playwrights and actors to Alabama to perform Shakespeare and modern theatrical productions.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Who cares if Mrs. Windermere was taking forever being The Playwright out in the lobby?
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • And there was Uncle Bao, a playwright, who smoked cigars and let me sit on his lap.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl

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  • "Well," Count Olaf said, his eyes shining brightly, "the play is called The Marvelous Marriage, and it is written by the great playwright Al Funcoot.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • She was saying she knew a playwright—a "dear, dear man," as she described him—who had been imprisoned under the charge of being a communist subversive.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Jane said he was supposed to be a playwright or some goddam thing, but all I ever saw him do was booze all the time and listen to every single goddam mystery program on the radio.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • He discovered a beautiful play by an unknown playwright and paid him a huge sum to have the play performed once and never again; Wynand was the sole spectator at the single performance; the script was burned next morning.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That sick happiness at George’s retreat was more typical of Denker in the play than of Jack Torrance the playwright.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Campbell had been a fairly well-known playwright at one time.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • The first time I went, Mommy took me to the roundup point, a community center in Far Rockaway, once the home of middle-class whites and Jews like playwright Neil Simon, but long since turned black, and it seemed that the only white person for miles was my own mother.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • As the Roman playwright Seneca recommended, we opened them right at our table, then stuffed ourselves.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • When the playwright got his hero into an impossible jam, this chair decked with flowers came down from overhead.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But first, I thought you’d like to have a demonstration of how a monologue should be performed, so I asked one of our talented upperclassmen to stop by and recite the famous monologue from Othello, written by the ancient vampyre playwright, Shakespeare.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • It had intricate footnotes and detailed explanations as to the playwright’s meaning.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • THE MAGIC NUMBER ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY In 1996, a sometime actress and playwright by the name of Rebecca Wells published a book entitled Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The man knows his pre-Hegira playwrights.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • At a time when the playwrights grouped about the courts of England and France (a little later, of Venice) were enriching the parts of women with studies in wit, charm, passion and hysteria, the dramatists of Spain kept their eyes on their heroes, on gentlemen torn between the conflicting claims of honor, or, as sinners, returning at the last moment to the cross.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • I recall also watching Mr George Bernard Shaw, the renowned playwright, at dinner one evening, examining closely the dessert spoon before him, holding it up to the light and comparing its surface to that of a nearby platter, quite oblivious to the company around him.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • In short, charity must have its romance, as the novelist or playwright must have his.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …who says: "Tiers et tout, refait de pique," the sheriff of the Norman Isles who says: The holder in fee reverting to his landed estate cannot claim the fruits of that estate during the hereditary seizure of the real estate by the mortgagor," the playwright who says: "The piece was hissed," the comedian who says: "I’ve made a hit," the philosopher who says: "Phenomenal triplicity," the huntsman who says: "Voileci allais, Voileci fuyant," the phrenologist who says: "Amativeness,…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And how close she had come to wasting that life as a playwright!
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • As the playwright shapes a drama from a handful of characters, so do we from the pieces of the disintegrated self build up ever new groups, with ever new interplay and suspense, and new situations that are eternally inexhaustible.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Writing about the Elizabethan playwright John Ford, the poet Algernon Swinburne once said: "If he touches you once he takes you, and what he takes he keeps hold of; his work becomes part of your thought and parcel of your spiritual furniture forever."
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • The playwright who wrote the folio of this world and wrote it badly (He gave us light first and the sun two days later), the lord of things as they are whom the most Roman of catholics call dio boia, hangman god, is doubtless all in all in all of us, ostler and butcher, and would be bawd and cuckold too but that in the economy of heaven, foretold by Hamlet, there are no more marriages, glorified man, an androgynous angel, being a wife unto himself.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …and Portias (even with Portia as the very type and model of the young person intelligent and presumptuous) and to that of their Hettys and Maggies and Rosamonds and Gwendolens, suffers the abatement that these slimnesses are, when figuring as the main props of the theme, never suffered to be sole ministers of its appeal, but have their inadequacy eked out with comic relief and underplots, as the playwrights say, when not with murders and battles and the great mutations of the world.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • MICHAEL OATMAN is a playwright, producer, and director living in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • We get one contemporary view of Socrates from playwright Aristophanes.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • He was a playwright.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Even Plato and Boswell, as the dramatists who invented Socrates and Dr Johnson, impress me more deeply than the romantic playwrights.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • All the mass has been treated, with more or less skill, by every playwright, and the prompter has the soiled and tattered manuscripts.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Monroe has been married to two very famous and powerful men—baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller—but JFK eclipses them by far.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "There are not five playwrights in America," said Channing Pollock one day, "who can write English"—that is, the English of familiar discourse.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Our indiscretion sometime serves us well When our deep plots do pall —William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet and playwright Ican’t believe this.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • To have lived a free life in London in the six teenth century would have meant for a woman who was poet and playwright a nervous stress and dilemma which might well have killed her.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Their works and those of dozens of poets, nonfiction writers, playwrights, essayists, and critics carry out to the English-speaking world a linguistic standard of the highest order.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • If society chooses to provide for its Irises better than for its working women, it must not expect honest playwrights to manufacture spurious evidence to save its credit.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • If today, as things go, the playwrights give us stupid comedies to play and puppets to represent instead of men, remember we are proud to have given life to immortal works here on these very boards!
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • The notable exception was Major General John Burgoyne, "Gentleman Johnny," an officer of distinguished record and occasional playwright who had added welcome color to the social life of the British officers and their ladies.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • They were at ease in organic chemistry and integral calculus, understood the treason of Alcibiades, could argue the merits of logical positivism, debated whether Eugene O’Neill or George Bernard Shaw was the greater playwright, explained why Thomas Wolfe was a romantic sentimentalist who would never rank among the great writers.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • …and Portias (even with Portia as the very type and model of the young person intelligent and presumptuous) and to that of their Hettys and Maggies and Rosamonds and Gwendolens, suffers the abatement that these slimnesses are, when figuring as the main props of the theme, never suffered to be sole ministers of its appeal, but have their inadequacy eked out with comic relief and underplots, as the playwrights say, when not with murders and battles and the great mutations of the world.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Playwrights.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • There’s where American playwrights put it all over these darn old European glooms."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • People can’t account for the hesitancy they observe," said James Warren, while his wife, Mercy Otis Warren, who was a playwright and a woman Adams particularly admired, lectured him on the ideal republican government she foresaw for the future union of the colonies.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • —Jean Kerr (1923–2003), U.S. author and playwright Idon’t know what made me do it.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • JFK knows that she broke up Arthur Miller’s previous marriage so that she could marry the playwright.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • As to the voluptuaries, I can assure them that the playwright, whether he be myself or another, will always disappoint them.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • As far as its principle is concerned, the Censorship is the most popular institution in England; and the playwright who criticizes it is slighted as a blackguard agitating for impunity.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Everyone was settled and the playwright was about to begin her little speech summarizing the plot and evoking the excitement of performing before an adult audience tomorrow evening in the library.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Rather do they protest, not altogether unjustly, against a few relapses into staginess and caricature which betray the young playwright and the old playgoer in this early work of mine.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
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