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 “Die Räuber” (The Robbers) 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.

Castro Alves: (1847-1871) Greatest Brazilian Romantic poet and playwright. See his full page here.

Hans Christian Andersen: (1805-1875) Danish poet, novelist and author of fairy tales and travelogues. See his full page here.

Joanna Baillie: (1762-1851) Scottish poet and verse dramatist. See her 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.

Almeida Garrett: (1799-1854) Portuguese poet, playwright, journalist and politician. See his full page here.

Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) English/Welsh poet and playwright. See her full page here.

Francisco de Sales Torres Homem: (1812-1876) was a Brazilian physician, lawyer, journalist and Romantic writer. See his full page here

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

Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist: (1777-1811) German poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist. See his full page here.

Lazar Kostić: (1841-1910) Serbian poet, dramatist, lawyer, journalist and politician. See his full page here

Joaquim Manuel de Macedo: (1820-1882) First Brazilian novelist and a doctor, poet, playwright and journalist. 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.

Jose Zorrilla y Moral: (1817-1893) Spanish Nationalist poet and playwright. See his full page here.

Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay: (1810-1857) French dramatist, poet, and novelist. 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.

Manuel de Araújo Porto-Alegre: (1806-1879) Brazilian poet, playwright, painter and cartoonist. See his full page here.

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

Girolamo de Rada: (1814-1903) Albanian playwright, poet and journalist. 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.