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

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


By (author) Lajos Egri

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  • Format: Hardback | 138 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2009
  • ISBN 10: 160796130X
  • ISBN 13: 9781607961307
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 360,044

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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 tranform 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.

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