Egri writes in a direct, instructional style that has lost favor to conversational style, but is eminently readable. Lajos Egri — Wikipedia What is it that I like about this book? The excess harmed the original purpose of the pictorial representation for better illustration. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Jun 02, Melissa Ellis rated it really liked it. He channels A Darwinian sensibility of what is real towards the hope for an illumination of what is true.
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What premise are you trying to prove? This is not theme or plot summary, but the plot should be obvious from it. For example, in "Romeo and Juliet," the premise is "Great love defies even death. Find characters who, because of their very nature, must inevitably be led to choices that will prove the premise. In a delicious twist, Egri illustrates this point by asking you to imagine what would have happened if Hamlet, the brooding Dane, had fallen in love with Juliet.
Egri writes in a direct, instructional style that has lost favor to conversational style, but is eminently readable. The second half, on conflict and general writing advice, is still entirely valuable and still applies to non-theater writing, but must be synthesized before it can be applied to other media where dialogue is not the primary method of communicating to the reader.
And a lot of lousy drama has been written since then. But sometimes it is good to be reminded of the simple principles that make book or a play interesting. Good writing may be complex in that it can be read again and again providing newer levels of meaning with each reading.
But it need not be complicated. In some ways this is a very basic book. Sometimes it is good to remember the few literary formulas that never cease to work as long as we remember, when reading or writing, that these are but the skeleton to which we will give our flesh and blood and sometimes, if we are blessed enough, our soul,
Early years[ edit ] Born into a Jewish family,  Egri came to the US in and worked in a New York garment factory as a tailor and presser. Casting about for some adequate means of conveying a sense of the furious pace of this machine age, Egri pictured a world in which all of life is compressed into twenty-four hours. Children grow to maturity in a few minutes; meals are eaten in split seconds; tabloid newspapers are issued at intervals of a second or two, and the loss of half a minute is a serious matter. The New York Times described the play as "chaotic at times, but sporadically interesting. One student who garnered much attention was a year-old grandmother, Mrs. Egri encouraged Mrs. Kaufman to write a play about growing up on the Lower East Side.
The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
What premise are you trying to prove? This is not theme or plot summary, but the plot should be obvious from it. For example, in "Romeo and Juliet," the premise is "Great love defies even death. Find characters who, because of their very nature, must inevitably be led to choices that will prove the premise.
The Art of Dramatic Writing