An Actor's Handbook: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting

An Actor's Handbook: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting

An Actor's Handbook: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting

An Actor's Handbook: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting

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In the course of the last few years a number of books, purporting to explain, interpret, or restate in simplified form what Stanislavski really thought and taught, have appeared in America and England. To commemorate the centennial of his birth on January 17th, 1963, it occurred to his principal publisher that a tribute and service to him would be to make available in Stanislavski's own words what he himself said about the various facets of the art to which he devoted his whole life, body and soul.

Here, then, is the alphabet of his teaching in concise form. It is based to some extent on a similar "lexicon" published in Moscow and sent to me by his son, but the choice of quotations here is predicated more on their usefulness to theatre people in the West. Much of the material is taken from books previously published in English, but, thanks to the efforts of the archivists in Moscow who have collated all of Stanislavski's papers, including fragments and variations, exceptionally pithy statements for many topics were found and are here translated for the first time.

This volume in no way replaces the full expression of his ideas in his books, which have spread all over the world, to the West and to the East, to India, South America and Japan. It can serve, in this present form, as a handy reference book for the person who is already familiar with the important tenets of his teaching; and, it is to be hoped, it will whet the desire of others to find out through reading the full texts why Stanislavski was such a towering theatre figure and how they themselves can apply his writings.

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