Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026192, Wed, 20 May 2015 18:45:50 +0000

Re: Throwing Rocks quote
I looked for a source for this quote some time ago for a different thread. Here's what I found:
"After getting feedback for a story idea from his artists, he isolated himself to map it out over 13 weeks of dailies and Sundays (1953 article), with the playwriting formula 'First act, get your leading character up a tree; second act, throw rocks at him; third act, get him down.'"
I don't know if it originates with Allen Saunders, but it seems to be a well-known writing formula already at the time. I have seen it attributed to various writers, not just Nabokov.
Joseph SchlegelPhD CandidateDepartment of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of Toronto

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