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Three Uses of the Knife - On the Nature and Purpose of Drama

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David Mamet

Published by Vintage Books

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," and 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

With a cultural range that encompasses Shakespeare, Brecht, and Ibsen, Death of a Salesman and Bad Day at Black Rock, Mamet shows us how to distinguish true drama from its false variants

He considers the impossibly difficult progression between one act and the next and the mysterious function of the soliloquy. The result, in Three Uses of the Knife, is an electrifying meditation on the playwright's art that is also a strikingly original work of moral and aesthetic philosophy

"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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