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1. Francois Rabelais

Writer | Kraft Television Theatre

French satirist. Author of "Gargantua and Pantagruel", the famous medieval epic satire about giants. To date, it has never been filmed or dramatized for television.

4. Arcangelo Corelli

Soundtrack | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Arcangelo Corelli was born February 17, 1653, in Fusignano, Italy. He studied violin with Bassani at the Music school in Bologna. In Rome he studied composition under Matteo Simeoni, the singer of the pope's chapel. Corelli established himself as composer and violinist in the 1670s. In 1672 he made...

6. Alessandro Marcello

Soundtrack | The Firm

Older brother of Benedetto Marcello.

7. William Congreve

Writer | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

His most famous plays are "Love for Love" and "The Way of the World".

8. Aaron Hill

Art Department | Maze of Fate

English playwright and manager noted for his attempt to meld English and Italian operatic conventions. William Collier appointed Hill manager of Drury Lane at the age of 24. Whether he actually wrote the libretto of "Rinaldo" in English or designed the plot for 'Giacomo Rossi' and then translated ...

9. Marivaux

Writer | El juego del amor y del azar

Pierre de Marivaux was born in Paris, the son of a royal mint military official. He spent his childhood in the provinces and returned to the capital at 22. He studied law, but he spent his time writing. He became the most important French playwright of the 18th Century, writing numerous comedies. ...

10. George Lillo

Writer | George Barnwell the London Apprentice

British Restoration playwright. His most celebrated work is the domestic tragedy 'The London Merchant' (1731).

11. Frederick The Great

Soundtrack | Barry Lyndon

Third king of Prussia, 1740-86. Known as a brilliant military strategist who, through a combination of diplomatic initiatives and military campaigns, greatly expanded the scope and extent of the Prussian empire and made it the premier military power in Europe for many years.

14. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Writer | Nathan der Weise

Son of a vicar. Studied theology, philosophy and medicine. First writings 1747 (poems, stories and first dramas). Moved to Berlin 1748 to live as a critic for the Berlinische Privelegierte Zeitung. Writer of famous plays including Nathan, der Weise (1779) and Minna von Barnhelm (1767).

15. Beaumarchais

Writer | El barbero de Sevilla

He established in 1777 the basis of the SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques). That French authors and composers' association was presided by many important writers like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas fils, Victorien Sardou and Ludovic Halévy.

17. Giuseppe Antonio Carpani

Nina, o sia La pazza per amore

Italian librettist and writer on music. He was editor of the Gazzetta di Milano from 1792 to 1796, but his anti-French sentiments got him in trouble during the French occupation of Lombardy and he moved to Vienna. He wrote biographies of Franz Joseph Haydn and Gioachino Rossini, the former of which...

18. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soundtrack | Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert ...

19. Robert Burns

Soundtrack | The Jacket

Robert Burns was born to a poor farming family in the Lowlands of Scotland in 1759. During his adult years he wrote several volumes of poetry that were well received. By the time of his death he was considered the poet laureate of Scotland, and is still considered so by many to this day. Among his ...

20. Marie-Joseph Chénier

Music Department | La victoire en chantant

French author and playwright, he had also political influence during the French revolution. He is the younger brother of the poet André Chénier (Istanbul, Turkey 30 October 1762- guillotined 25 July 1794 Paris). André's life inspired movies and one opera by Umberto Giordano.

21. Thomas Malthus

Thomas Malthus was born on February 13, 1766 in Surrey, England. He died on December 29, 1834 in Bath, Somerset, England.

22. James Hogg

Soundtrack | En enda natt

Scottish author, songwriter and poet.

23. William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison was born on February 9, 1773 in Charles City, Virginia, USA. He was married to Anna Symmes. He died on April 4, 1841 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

26. E.T.A. Hoffmann

Writer | The Sandman

E.T.A. Hoffmann was born on the 24th of January 1776 in Königsberg (now Russia) as the son of a lawyer. After his father's death he has a very bad childhood ending when he went to university to study law between 1792-95. He managed to get into the bureaucratic services of the state Prussia, but was...

31. Stendhal

Writer | The Red and the Black

A foremost French writer of the Romantic era, Stendhal was born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble, France in 1783. A loyal Bonapartist he followed Napoleon closely during his military campaigns Stendhal's novels reflect his intense love of Italy, his political convictions and the moral and ...

33. Lord Byron

Writer | Don Juan DeMarco

Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight.

Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on...

34. Felice Romani

Soundtrack | Match Point

Felice Romani was born on January 31, 1788 in Genoa, Republic of Genoa. He was a writer, known for Match Point (2005), All About Steve (2009) and Two Lovers (2008). He was married to Emilia Branca. He died on January 28, 1865 in Moneglia, Liguria, Italy.

36. Wolf Graf Baudissin

Writer | Othello

Wolf Graf Baudissin was born on January 30, 1789 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a writer, known for Othello (1968), Der Misanthrop (1959) and Troilus und Cressida (1964). He died on April 4, 1878 in Dresden, Germany.

37. Germain Delavigne

Writer | The Dumb Girl of Portici

French playwright and librettist who usually collaborated with Eugène Scribe, who was a classmate of his at the Collège Ste-Barbe in Paris. He was the older brother of Casimir Delavigne.

38. Gideon Mantell

Gideon Mantell was born on February 3, 1790 in Lewes, Sussex, England as Gideon Algernon Mantell. He was married to Mary Ann Mantell. He died on November 10, 1852 in London, England.

41. François Joseph Méry

Writer | Live from the Metropolitan Opera

French playwright, librettist, political journalist, author of fiction, verse, and essays. He started work with 'Camille Du Locle' on the adaptation of Schiller's "Don Carlos" for Giuseppe Verdi, but died before it was finished.

42. Franz Schubert

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Schubert was musically educated at the "Hofkapelle" in Vienna where he sang as a boy but then had to quit in order to help his father at school. Four years later, he became an independent composer and was destined to live in poverty from then onwards. Having an introverted personality, Schubert ...

44. Hans Ernst Krøyer

Music Department | Gintberg på kanten

Wrote the music for the Danish national song "Der er et yndigt land".

45. Almeida Garrett

Writer | Frei Luís de Sousa

Was born in Porto but lived most of his childhood in Açores.

46. Lydia Maria Child

Author and social reformer Lydia Marie Child was born on February 11, 1803, into a staunchly abolitionist family (a stance that was quite unpopular at the time). She attended a seminar for a year, and her social awareness was largely due to the influence of her brother, a Unitarian clergyman who ...

48. Johan Ludvig Runeberg

Soundtrack | Nyordning på Sjögårda

Daughter: Anna (b. 1832).

49. Harrison Ainsworth

Writer | King Charles

British novelist William Harrison Ainsworth's career lasted so long (60 years) and his output was so prolific that some critics have termed him "the king of historical potboilers". His most lasting of the many books he wrote is probably the series about the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin, which ...

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