1. Do some independent research on the following playwrights:
  • Eugene O’Neill
  • Arthur Miller
  • Tennessee Wililams
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Lillian Hellman
  • August Wilson
  • Wendy Wasserstein
  1. Write a 5 – 7 page scholarly paper (meaning: cite your sources) that compares the careers of these writers and attempts to rank their importance in the development of American playwriting.


In truth, all of these playwrights were very important to the development of American playwriting.  Therefore, there is no “wrong” order.  I’m more interested in the way you defend your order by using specific examples and citing scholarly sources.

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