List of early-modern women playwrights (UK)

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This is a chronological list of women playwrights who were active in the United Kingdom before approximately 1800, with a brief indication of productivity. (NB. Drama is the focus of this list, though many of these writers worked in more than one genre.)

Aphra Behn, Restoration playwright, by Mary Beale


See also[edit]


  • Blain, Virginia, et al., eds. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1990.
  • Buck, Claire, ed.The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature. Prentice Hall, 1992.
  • Chadwyck-Healey Database of English Prose Drama (through 1750) and (1750–1939)
  • Greer, Germaine, ed. Kissing the Rod: an anthology of seventeenth-century women's verse. Farrar Staus Giroux, 1988.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
  • Todd, Janet, ed. British Women Writers: a critical reference guide. London: Routledge, 1989.

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