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Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
Egri, Lajos
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Format: Paperback, 320pp.
Date of publication: Feb 15 1972
Publisher: Touchstone Books
ISBN-13: 9780671213329
Dimensions: 21.29 cm. (length) X 14.12 cm. (width) X 2.26 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 313 grams

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Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows
Among the many "how-to" playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri's classic, "The Art of Dramatic Writing," does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay.
Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: its characters. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives — why people act the way that they do. Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise — a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior — and to develop the dramatic conflict on the basis of... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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