Romantic Drama

Plays of the Romantic period more usually appealed to the emotions rather than the intellect and often used mysterious characters or supernatural settings complete with special effects to draw the audience in. The Actors emphasised emotions and passion and many were melodramatic in tone with heroes and heroines people could relate to. Many were sensational, even stunning their first audiences such as Friedrich Schiller’s “The Robbers” (“Die Räuber “) in 1781.

People in this field include:

Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo: (1831-1852) Brazilian Romantic poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist. See his full page here.

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer: (1836-1870) Spanish poet, playwright and literary columnist. See his full page here.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: (1772-1834) English poet, philosopher, literary critic and theologian. See his full page here.

Alexandre Dumas: (1802-1870) (also known as Alexandre Dumas père) French novelist and playwright. See his full page here.

Joseph von Eichendorff: (1788-1857) German poet, novelist, playwright, anthologist, critic and translator. See his full page here.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: (1749-1832) German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director and critic. See his full page here.

Nikili Gogol: 1809-1852) Russian novelist, short story writer and playwright of Ukrainian origin. See his full page here.

Aleksander Fredro: (1793-1876) Romantic Polish poet, playwright and author. See his full page here.

Victor-Marie Hugo: (1802-1885) French poet, playwright, novelist and statesman. See his full page here.

Goncalves de Magalhaes: (1811-1882) Brazilian poet, playwright, physician and diplomat. See his full page here.

Adam Mickiewicz: (1798-1855) Polish poet, dramatist, essayist, translator and political activist. See his full page here.

Cyprian Kamil Norwid: (1821-1883) Polish poet, dramatist, painter, and sculptor. See his full page here.

Adam Oehlenschlager: (1779-1850) Danish poet and playwright who introduced Romanticism to Denmark. See his full page here.

Alexander Pushkin: (1799-1837) Russian poet, playwright and novelist. See his full page here.

Mary Robinson: (née Darby; 1757-1800) English poet, dramatist, actor and novelist. See her full page here.

Walter Scott: (1771-1832) Scottish historian, novelist, poet, and playwright. See his full page here.