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Art of Dramatic Writing

Art of Dramatic Writing - rev edition

Art of Dramatic Writing - rev edition

ISBN13: 9780671213329

ISBN10: 0671213326

Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri - ISBN 9780671213329
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 60
Copyright: 1960
Publisher: Touchstone Books
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Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri - ISBN 9780671213329

ISBN13: 9780671213329

ISBN10: 0671213326

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 60

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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 life. 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.