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The Human Nature of Playwriting

The Human Nature of Playwriting In Samson Raphaelson taught a master class in creative writing with an emphasis on the drama at the University of Illinois He recorded the experience in a book The Human Nature of Playwriting T

  • Title: The Human Nature of Playwriting
  • Author: Samson Raphaelson
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  • Page: 471
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  • In 1948, Samson Raphaelson taught a master class in creative writing with an emphasis on the drama at the University of Illinois He recorded the experience in a book, The Human Nature of Playwriting The introduction expresses Raphaelson s deep regard for language so visible in his writing This course does not aim directly to teach writing Whether you write or notIn 1948, Samson Raphaelson taught a master class in creative writing with an emphasis on the drama at the University of Illinois He recorded the experience in a book, The Human Nature of Playwriting The introduction expresses Raphaelson s deep regard for language so visible in his writing This course does not aim directly to teach writing Whether you write or not after you finish school means nothing to me as a teacher In fact, I don t think it is important from any viewpoint But whether you live or not is important and how you live You may become businessmen or women, office workers, farmers, or wives, and as such you will be, whether you know it or not, deeply related to the culture of your age That culture is largely expressed by creative writers through the written word And if from this course you get a notion of how that written word comes into being, of the connection between a writer and his own life and between his life and all lives, then this course will be successful indeed The Human Nature of Playwriting offers a case history method as a means of exploring human experience, and explains the means by which such experience may be adapted to the dramatists craft.

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    1. P 2I have a theory. Let’s say the object of this course is to put every student through an experience which will make him realize what it is like to write creatively—to look at life, at your own lives probably, to see something, to feel, to study that vision and emotion, to find a meaning in the material, a form, to put down in words, to study it again, re-seek the meaning, revise your approach, write it again and again, until it is crystallized. If you can go through such an experience, my [...]


    2. I liked it! Had to do some searching to find it, since it's out of print. I got it because of this review from The Onion AV Club, which I more or less agree with:"Far and away the best new book I read in 2010 comes from 1949 and has long been out of print. Samson Raphaelson was the screenwriter for, among others, The Shop Around The Corner, and in the spring of 1948, he met with a bunch of students at the University of Illinois to teach a class that was ostensibly about being a playwright, but e [...]


    3. The format didn't work for me. The book is a verbatim transcript of a playwriting course held over four months in 1948. The table of contents lists the classes by date. My impatience kicked in. I could not identify areas I was interested in and jump to them. I had to close read the whole thing because there are gems of advice hidden right next to Raphaelson's irritation that no one is handing in their homework. He says the class will have X format, then changes his mind the next week and says, b [...]


    4. Let me put it this way--imagination to me is not the capacity to invent what is not there but the capacity to see and develop what is there."



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