The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
Hard-to-find. 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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Format: Trade paperback
Condition: vg- condition, minor shelf wear, not in perfect condition for its age but a very solid copy
Pages: 306pp, 1972 edition (indicated as 1960 but based on pricing USD10.95 I suspect it is the 1972 edition)
Amid 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 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 w/c 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.