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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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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  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • 19 May 2009
  • WWW.Bnpublishing.com
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 160796130X
  • 9781607961307
  • 372,015

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