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Art Of Dramatic Writing

Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

Lajos Egri



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Simon & Schuster
01 January 1986
Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows! Amid the hundreds of how-to books out there, there have been very few which attempted 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 that behavior.

Using Egri's ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in writing.
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9780671213329
ISBN 10:   0671213326
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Adult education ,  General/trade ,  A / AS level ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

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

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