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Art of Dramatic Writing - (rev edition

by Lajos Egri

Art of Dramatic Writing (ISBN10: 0671213326; ISBN13: 9780671213329)
ISBN13: 978-0671213329
ISBN10: 0671213326

Summary: Amid the hundreds of ''how-to'' books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it lif ...show moree. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: (REV)60
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Published: 02/28/1972
International: No

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