Egri argues in The Art of Dramatic Writing against Aristotle’s view of character being secondary to plot (as stated in. The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human.

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The Art of Dramatic Writing (Audiobook) by Lajos Egri |

He died of a heart attack at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writingdoes just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. This is not an academic book or a book of theory, but a guide that delves into the cornerstone element of drama, namely people and their inner and I had seen this book referenced and quoted in a variety of contemporary books on writing, and even though many of the references and his language is clearly dated the original text was published inI loved his clear examination of the necessity of writers to not only know, but understand and interpret the motives of their fictional characters.

For example, say you realize that you’re a natural at writing in first person. Trivia About The Art of Dramat Why do people act as they do? And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens.


What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. His prose is very readable, and it’s pretty clear Egri doesn’t think much of Coward and that O’Neill has flaws, both of which I concur. He channels A Darwinian sensibility of what is real towards the hope for an illumination of what is true.

Feb 11, Feliks rated it it was ok Shelves: They don’t turn into a tray of chocolate chip cookies.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Then you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard of the book when it was first published in ! You can write badly all you want for your own benefit, but if you want to create characters and stories with depth, read this book. It’s about playwriting but is instrumental in any form of story telling. Swap it for free. 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.

His voice is genuine, and sometimes funny, but his tone is serious.

Lajos Egri

Ljaos is a section of the book where the author references a play that uses the N-word—this book was written in the s, and that referenced play was about the racial issues at that time. Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. I never knew what a premise was before, but not it makes total sense.

People who bought this also bought Everything in time passes into its opposite. One of the few shortcomings of the work is the tendency of the author to articulate long and extravagant comparisons, metaphors and references to natural sciences.

Even with some of the more extended excerpts from, in German-speaking countries mostly unknown, works would have been less. Sep 22, Joel Miller rated it it was amazing. Why do people act as they do? For me, the first chapter on Premise was the greatest revelation and there were many.


A Man of the Beatitudes: You should be trying to prove something, anything, with your story. He sets out a good structure for writing stories, but it’s hardly all-encompassing.

When You Write a Play. 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.

PS Hi, total stranger on Goodreads. Egri provides compelling reasons for premise and then deepens this knowledge with a concern for character where the realization of character is the plot’s essence. The disadvantage lies in the more inadequate and more cumbersome applicability in practice since this writing style is antiquated and many examples can be more challenging to implement in contemporary literature. I didn’t agree with him on what the premise was, and I can find at least two others implicit in the story.

Reading was fine, only a bit too quick between sub-sections.

Lajos Egri – Wikipedia

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I enjoy the fact that Egri holds to a philology that does not seek after mysticism within creativity’s fancy but rather demands discipline with known dramatic elements observed over time. Give as a gift. For it is people – their private natures and their inter-relationships – that move a story and give it life.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Compared to, say, KM Weiland’s “Creating Character Arcs” book, Egri gives less options for different types of stories lakos his presented structure.