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SEASONS ELEVEN AND TWELVE: 1908-1909
During the second half of 1907, Stanislavsky began making notes for a book he was planning on the actor’s creativity in which he stressed the importance of ‘the will’ (volya). His notebooks contain attempts to formulate the various sections of a chapter on the will under four headings:
(1) The nature of the will.
(2) The inextricable connection between the will and the other creative faculties. The natural connection between them.
(3) The power of the will.
(4) The properties [characteristics (svoystva)] of the will.

(Vinogradskaya 1971: vol. 2:101)

At the same time he was making notes on the ethics and talents of the actor. In 1908, whilst taking the waters in Homburg, he

got to know a highly educated and very well-read person, who happened to let fall the following phrase in casual conversation: ‘Do you know’, he said to me, ‘that the emotional feeling and creativity of the artist is based on the recall of affective feelings and memories?…’ I said nothing, but immediately asked for literature to be sent me touching this question. Soon I was to receive the brochures of Ribot. 1

(128)

He immediately read (in Russian translations published in St Petersburg in 1900) two works by Théodule Ribot: ‘Memory in its Normal and Abnormal [Sick] States’ and The Will in its Normal and Abnormal [Sick] States’. Henceforth, Stanislavsky was to become increasingly preoccupied with questions of the actor’s art.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • A Note on Transliteration and Names x
  • Part I - The Establishment of the Moscow Art Theatre 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Historical Background 13
  • 2 - The Society of Art and Literature 24
  • 3 - The Creation of a New Theatre 32
  • 4 - The Hermitage Theatre on Carriage Row 49
  • 5 - Actors, Salaries, Conditions of Service 58
  • 6 - Savva Morozov and the Lianozov Theatre 68
  • Part II - The Moscow Art Theatre Repertoire 1898-1917 83
  • 7 - First Season: 1898-1899 85
  • 8 - Second Season: 1899-1900 112
  • 9 - Third Season: 1900-1901 121
  • 10 - Fourth Season: 1901-1902 128
  • 11 - Fifth Season: 1902-1903 132
  • 12 - Sixth Season: 1903-1904 152
  • 13 - Season Seven to Season Ten: 1904-1908 165
  • 14 - Seasons Eleven and Twelve: 1908-1909 178
  • 15 - Season Twelve to Season Twenty: 1909-1917 199
  • 16 - Conclusion 204
  • Notes 209
  • Bibliography 226
  • Index 232
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