SO YOU'RE WRITING A PLAY by Clayton Hamilton


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A treatise on the technical problems of writing a play, intended to guide budding playwrights, apparently a resume of Mr. Hamilton's Columbia University lectures. Entertaining, chatty, and full of anecdotes. It will hardly supersede William Archer's Play-Making or George P. Baker's Dramatic Technique both of which are more thorough and authoritative text-books. But it is less expensive, easier reading, approaches the subject from a more popular angle, and, so far as it goes, gives sound advice. Since it is concerned only with the processes of playwriting, it will not particularly appeal to those who have only a general interest in the theatre; but apprentice playwrights (their name is legion) will buy it in the vain hope that some book will at last teach them how to construct a successful drama. It contains enough good council so that they will not have wasted their money.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1935
Publisher: Little, Brown