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Lajos Egri
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Lajos N. Egri (born June 4, 1888; died February 7, 1967) was the author of The Art of Dramatic Writing, which is widely regarded as one of the best works on the subject of playwriting, though its teachings have since been adapted for the writing of short stories, novels, and screenplays.[1]

Lajos Egri

1 Early years 2 Playwright 3 Teacher of Playwriting 4 The Art of Dramatic Writing 5 Later life 6 References 7 External links

Lajos Egri June 4, 1888 Eger, Hungary (then in AustriaHungary) February 7, 1967 (age 78) Los Angeles, California

Early years
Egri came to the US in 1906 and worked in a New York garment factory as a tailor and presser. He was an active member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.[2]

Occupation teacher of creative writing Known for treatise on playwriting Spouse(s) Ilona Egri (April 18, 1907 - 1967, his death)


Egri wrote his first three act play at the age of ten, according to his biographical sketch in The Art of Dramatic Writing. In 1927, Rapid Transit, Egri's expressionist play, was translated from Hungarian and produced at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York. 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." [3] Egri was also author of other plays, among them the satirical comedy Believe Me or Not (1933), Tornado (1938), This is Love (1945 with Arden Young) and The Cactus Club (1957). His one act Hungarian plays include Satan is Dead, Spiders, Between Two Gods, There Will be No Performance, and Devils.

Teacher of Playwriting
Egri taught courses in playwriting, first in New York (1860 Broadway and 2 Columbus Circle), and then in Page 1 of 3

[5] The Art of Dramatic Writing Originally published by Simon and Schuster in 1942 as How to Write a Play. Hungarian University Association. New York Times. middle. and I have them all. The Art of Creative Writing. Egri encouraged Mrs. synthesis. the free encyclopedia 16/06/13 5:40 PM Los Angeles. Kaufman to write a play about growing up on the Lower East Side. 1967 External links http://en. Writing teacher. ^ Lajos Egri. In The Art of Dramatic Writing he offers as an example the premise that "stinginess leads to ruin. to prove what he calls a "premise. Later life Egri taught creative writing in his West Los Angeles home (at 11635 Mayfield Avenue) until shortly before his death.Lajos Egri . is a thematic truth. Da Capo Press. 3. One student who garnered much attention was a 63 year old grandmother. Egri also emphasizes what he sees as the ever-present role of change in all forms of life. the establishment of an obsessively stingy character. 7. The result was A Worm in the Horseradish. antithesis. He died of a heart attack at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.[4] Egri also worked with other playwrights and screenwriters. who attended Egri's classes. ^ Rapid Transit depicts swift moving world. and closed May 28 after mixed reviews. the playwright can detect in the statement the suggestion of a story's beginning. which had its premiere at the Maidman Theater in New York. A GRANDMOTHER ENTERS THEATRE.wikipedia. New edition (December 26. ^ Tibor Szy." A premise. and so the foundation of character is the essential germination of a well crafted story. April 17. ^ A tailor turns author. Egri's treatise was revised and published as The Art of Dramatic Writing in 1946. March 13." Allen told biographer Eric Lax. 79 (sic). According to Egri. 1961 5. February 10. New York Times. or antithesis.[6] In 1965. 1927 4. Simon & Schuster. "I still think his The Art of Dramatic Writing is the most stimulating and best book on the subject ever written. as Egri describes it. Central to Egri's argument is his claim that the best stories follow the logical method of thesis. Mrs. Egri writes. 1961. Egri argues in The Art of Dramatic Writing against Aristotle's view of character being secondary to plot (as stated in Aristotle's Poetics). Hungarians in America: a biographical directory of professionals of Hungarian origin in the Americas." Having settled on this theme. and end: first. The Art of Dramatic Writing. including Woody Allen. ^ Lewis Funke. or dialectic. ^ Woody Allen: a biography By Eric Lax. At 63. New York Times. 2004.Wikipedia. New York Times. the collision of that character's stinginess with inevitable opposition. ^ Lajos Egri. New York 1963 p 95 2. 1927. Egri expanded on his views of character development and motivation in the book. forcing people to evolve and synthesize new philosophies in the face of one overwhelming obstacle after another. February 14. next.[7] References 1. 2000) p 74 6. and finally the character's ruin. who took Egri's course at 2 Columbus Circle. Esther Kaufman. well defined characters will drive the plot themselves. April 8. She is About to Have First Play Produced About Life on Lower East Page 2 of 3 .

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