Profiling 85 English-language female playwrights — from Agatha Christie to Sharman MacDonald — this affordably priced and concisely written volume features women writers who have shaped, shocked and contributed to the stage, screen, radio and television since World War II.Entries are arranged alphabetically and contain a detailed biography, a 1,000-word signed, critical essay, full play production and publication dates, a bibliography of writing in other genres and author's commentary, when available. Contemporary Women Dramatists also presents 20 extended essays on the most important plays written by women in recent years, . including "Little Foxes", "A.Raisin in the Sun", "Top Girls", "Night Mother" and many others.Includes an easy-to-use index.