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The art of dramatic writing : its basis in the creative interpretation of human motives

By: Egri, Lajos

0671213326 / 9780671213329
Paperback
17/05/2004
Stock expected by 24/04/2021
United States
22 cm xx, 316 p.
further/higher education  Learn More general undergraduate
Reprint. Originally published: as How to write a play. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1942.

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 transform 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 behaviour - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behaviour.

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.

BIC:

CBV Creative writing & creative writing guides, DSG Literary studies: plays & playwrights, GBC Reference works

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