Every artist has a basic premise pervading his whole life, and that premise can provide the impulse to everything he creates. For me the dominating premise has been the need for understanding and tenderness and fortitude among individuals trapped by circumstance.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
High station in life is earned by the gallantry with
which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
- William Inge American Playwright
- Marsha Norman American Playwright
- Thornton Wilder American Novelist, Playwright
- Lillian Hellman American Playwright
- Arthur Miller American Playwright
- Clare Boothe Luce American Playwright
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet, Playwright
- Natalie Clifford Barney American Playwright, Poet
- Wilson Mizner American Playwright
- Langston Hughes American Novelist