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An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary
Author: Konstantin Stanislavski
ISBN 13: 9780415551205
ISBN 10: 41555120
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2009-08-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 728
List Price: $40.95

Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre.

Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavski’s huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors.

The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century.

Library Journal

This new translation by Benedetti of Stanislavski's famous works An Actor Prepares and Building a Character will be greeted with excitement by actors everywhere. The actor training system developed by Stanislavski in the early 20th century for the Moscow Art Theatre had a profound impact on acting styles around the world and forms the basis for nearly all contemporary actor training. The original English translations that appeared in the 1930s gave rise to several different American interpretations, the best known of which is method acting. For decades, the translations by Elizabeth Hapgood have been the standard text for actors interested in the Stanislavski system. Benedetti, the author of several previous books on Stanislavski, has both improved and expanded upon the Hapgood editions, and the result is a longer yet much more readable text. Essential for all theater collections and highly recommended for all public libraries.-Katherine Litwin, Pierre Berton Resource Lib., Woodbridge, Ont.

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