The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri, Simon and Schuster, 1946, First Edition, Fifth Printing


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The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri, Simon and Schuster, 1946, First Edition, Fifth Printing

Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives, With an Introduction by Gilbert Miller

Blue cloth cover with red and gold titles on spine and front. No dust jacket. Small rip on back cover. Inside owner's Ex Libris sticker and bookseller's mark. Some underlining and writing on the margin. Solid binding. Good readable copy. See pictures for more evidence of condition.


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.

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