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

Author: Lajos Egri
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2004, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Touchstone edView all editions and formats
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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 just that.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lajos Egri
ISBN: 0671213326 9780671213329
OCLC Number: 79869428
Language Note: English.
Notes: First edition published in 1942 under title: How to write a play.
Includes index.
Description: xx, 316 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONFOREWORDPREFACEI PREMISEII CHARACTER1. The Bone Structure2. Environment3. The Dialectical Approach4. Character Growth5. Strength of Will in a Character6. Plot or Character -- Which?7. Characters Plotting Their Own Play8. Pivotal Character9. The Antagonist10. Orchestration11. Unity of OppositesIII CONFLICT1. Origin of Action2. Cause and Effect3. Static4. Jumping5. Rising6. Movement7. Foreshadowing Conflict8. Point of Attack9. Transition10. Crisis, Climax, ResolutionIV GENERAL1. Obligatory Scene2. Exposition3. Dialogue4. Experimentation5. The Timeliness of a Play6. Entrances and Exits7. Why Are Some Bad Plays Successful?8. Melodrama9. On Genius10. What Is Art? -- A Dialogue11. When You Write a Play12. How to Get Ideas13. Writing for Television14. ConclusionAPPENDIX A. Plays AnalyzedAPPENDIX B. How to Market Your PlayAPPENDIX C. Long Runs on BroadwayINDEX
Other Titles: How to write a play.
Responsibility: Lajos Egri ; [with an introd. by Gilbert Miller].

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

 
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