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    DescriptionAmid 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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    The Art of Dramatic Writing
    Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lajos Egri
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 136
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 372 g
    ISBN 13: 9781607961307
    ISBN 10: 160796130X

    BIC E4L: LAN
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    19 May 2009
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    Moss Hart