The first published compilation of material by Alexander not included in his four books. It contains
all known early articles on the Technique, from 1895 to 1910;
all of Alexander's known lectures;
a revealing autobiographical sketch by Alexander.
The book consists of six sections: Early Articles, Published Letters, Lectures. Teaching Aphorisms, ÒAlexander and the Doctors", and Autobiographical Sketch.
Each paper is preceded by an introduction which gives the historical context. In addition, a substantial number of notes provide information on people, places, events and particular subjects which were part of Alexander's life and times.
Foreword by Walter Carrington. Edited and with 240 notes by Jean M. O. Fischer. In addition to 22 photographs on plates it contains 5 facsimiles, 2 appendices, and a chronology of F. M. Alexander's writings.
Jean Fischer’s 'Introductory Notes' offer a lucid overview of elocution and its role that grew out of the Age of Enlightenment’s desire to emulate the orators of the ancient classical world. But an adequate 'means-whereby' was frequently lacking."It would have been at once apparent to anyone acquainted with the manner and methods of the teachers, where each pupil had received his training." (p. xviii) one early 19th century commentator observed of the rigid, imitative methods for teaching acting and elocution. Out of fashions for contrivance and effort grew a more preventative trend with an emphasis on a need for ease and naturalness.Not one to miss a selling opportunity, FM’s early papers are openly self-promotional. Appearing chronologically, they give a fascinating insight into the development of his understanding, language and realisation of the wider scope of his elocution and breathing methods. Emphasis moves from voice and breathing to general health and the evolution of human consciousness as times and preoccupations changed.Magnificently bound and presented, this book is superb in every way and, although it has been said before of other books, this really is an absolute "must" for everyone interested in Alexander and his technique.Copyright © 1995 Malcolm Williamson ( www.alextechteaching.org.uk). Reproduced with permission.This edition © Mouritz 2005-2014. All rights reserved.