Art of Dramatic Writing Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

ISBN-10: 0671213326

ISBN-13: 9780671213329

Edition: 2004

Authors: Lajos Egri
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Description: 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 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.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 2/15/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.44" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) was born in Hungary and founded the Egri School of Writing in New York City in the 1930s. In addition to writing books, he spent his life writing and directing plays in both the United States and Europe, as well as writing screenplays for the film industry.

Contents
Introduction
Foreword
Preface
Premise
Character
The Bone Structure
Environment
The Dialectical Approach
Character Growth
Strength of Will in a Character
Plot or Character -- Which?
Characters Plotting Their Own Play
Pivotal Character
The Antagonist
Orchestration
Unity of Opposites
Conflict
Origin of Action
Cause and Effect
Static
Jumping
Rising
Movement
Foreshadowing Conflict
Point of Attack
Transition
Crisis, Climax, Resolution
General
Obligatory Scene
Exposition
Dialogue
Experimentation
The Timeliness of a Play
Entrances and Exits
Why Are Some Bad Plays Successful?
Melodrama
On Genius
What Is Art? -- A Dialogue
When You Write a Play
How to Get Ideas
Writing for Television
Conclusion
Plays Analyzed
How to Market Your Play
Long Runs on Broadway
Index
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