The Art of Dramatic Writing
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The Art of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

By (author) Lajos Egri

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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 behaviour - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behaviour. 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.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • 06 Sep 2003
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York
  • English
  • 0671213326
  • 9780671213329
  • 16,960

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Lajos Egri was born in the city of Eger, Hungary, and wrote his first three-act play at the age of ten. For more than thirty-five years he has written and directed plays in Europe and the United States. He was director of the Egri School of Writing in New York City for many years.

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Moss Hart I found Lajos Egri's book enormously interesting -- one of the best I have ever read.

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