Lajos Egri

The Art Of Dramatic Writing

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"The Art of Dramatic Writing" by Lajos Egri, a groundbreaking work first published in 1946, stands as a timeless guide for playwrights, screenwriters, and storytellers. At its core is Egri's concept of the "premise," emphasizing the need for a central idea that shapes the entire narrative. This premise serves as the foundation, offering writers a clear direction and audiences a cohesive experience.
Egri's focus on character development is a highlight. He argues that characters must possess well-defined motivations rooted in their psychological makeup. By delving into these psychological aspects, Egri teaches writers how to craft characters with depth, authenticity, and a genuine sense of purpose within the story.
The book explores various storytelling elements, including plot, conflict, and dialogue. Egri's insights into conflict are particularly noteworthy, emphasizing its role as the driving force in a narrative. He guides writers on building and escalating tension to captivate and engage audiences.
Practical and instructive, Egri provides a framework for writers to analyze and enhance their work. Numerous examples from classical and contemporary literature illustrate his principles, making the book a theoretical guide and hands-on manual for improving storytelling skills.
"The Art of Dramatic Writing" has left a lasting impact, influencing generations of writers and remaining a staple in creative writing programs. Its enduring relevance lies in its timeless principles, applicable across genres and mediums. Whether crafting a play, screenplay, or novel, Egri's teachings inspire writers to create impactful and emotionally resonant stories.
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