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Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama Paperback – Jun 13 2000

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st (first) Vintage Books edition (June 13 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037570423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375704239
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Mamet] brings his usual passion and provocation to his treatise on what makes good drama." --Vanity Fair

"No modern playwright has been bolder or more brilliant." --The New Yorker

"Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder." --New York

"David Mamet adds yet another segment to a body of work that puts him among the great writers of this, or any other, time." --Joe Mantegna

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What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? With bracing directness and aphoristic grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross delivers a thrillingly original treatise on his art.
To David Mamet, human beings are drama-creating animals who impose narrative structures on everything from today's weather to next year's elections. Mamet distinguishes true drama from its false variants, unravels the infamous "Second-Act Problem," amd considers the mysterious persistence of the soliloquy. Three Uses of the Knife is an inspired guide for any playwright or theatergoer that doubles as a trenchant work of moral and aesthetic philosophy.

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