Research Paper: Authors Brief Biography and Short Story of Theatre

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¶ … Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales in 1914. He was already publishing poems in his teens, including many for which he would become famous. After Swansea was bombed during World War Two, he relocated to London and worked as a screenwriter. He returned to Wales before the end of the war and then after the war worked for the BBC. He was established as a poet at this time, but needed these other jobs to earn a living. He died in New York while on a tour of America, as touring to read poems was one of his main sources of income. He was 39 when he died.

Arthur Miller was born in 1915 in Harlem. He worked producing plays and in 1949 he opened Death of a Salesman on Broadway. This would be the work for which he was best known, and it was a multi-award-winner. He would leave his first wife to marry Marilyn Monroe, and around this time he had problems with the House of Un-American Activities Committee, an event he turned into The Crucible.

Walt Whitman was born in 1819 in the New York area. He came to writing after working as a printer. By age 17, he became a teacher on Long Island, before becoming a journalist. He experienced the slave trade on a visit to New Orleans, something that would change him, but he did not fight in the Civil War. He first published Leaves of Grass in 1855. He mostly worked as a clerk and in hospitals, rather than from writing. He died in 1892.

August Wilson was born in 1945 in Pittsburgh to a black woman and a white man, the latter of whom was usually absent. His experience as a black person in an all-white school and at times in predominantly white neighborhoods was a critical influence for him. He mostly worked at menial jobs but by 1965 he had begun writing poetry. He was influenced as well by Malcolm X and became involved in theater. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Fences. He passed away in 2005 in Seattle, where he had moved and become involved in local theater.

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry, but the family moved a lot when he was a child. He would travel to Derry and Belfast and eventually to the Republic. Much of the inspiration for his work came from the Troubles in the 1970s and 80s. He worked primarily in education to support his family. He would eventually gain positions at Harvard and at Oxford and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

Tennessee Williams was born in Mississippi in 1911. He began writing when the family moved to St. Louis, but it was after he moved to New Orleans that he wrote A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1944, he debuted The Glass Menagerie, which was an acclaimed play. By the 1960s, he was tackling more delicate social matters with his works, and this was highly controversial. After his partner died, he began to rely on substance abuse to cope and died in 1983 in New York.

Miguel de Cervantes was born in 1547 near Madrid.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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