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My Life in Artby Konstantin Stanislavsky
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Konstantin Stanislavski was a Russian director who transformed theatre in the West with his contributions to the birth of Realist theatre and his unprecedented approach to teaching acting. He lived through extraordinary times and his unique contribution to the arts still endures in the twenty-first century. He established the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 with, among other plays, the premiere of Chekhov's The Seagull. He also survived revolutions, lost his fortune, found wide fame in America, and lived in internal exile under Stalin's Soviet Union.
Before writing his classic manual on acting, Stanislavski began writing an autobiography that he hoped would both chronicle his rich and tumultuous life and serve as a justification of his aesthetic philosophy. But when the project grew to 'impossible' lengths, his publisher (Little, Brown) insisted on many cuts and changes to keep it to its deadline and to a manageable length. The result was a version published in English in 1924, which Stanislavski hated and completely revised for a Soviet edition that came out in 1926.
Now, for the first time, translator Jean Benedetti brings us Stanislavski's complete unabridged autobiography as the author himself wanted it ? from the re-edited 1926 version. The text, in clear and lively English, is supplemented by a wealth of photos and illustrations, many previously unpublished.
Book News Annotation:
Translator Jean Benedetti used Stanislavski's preferred 1926 revised version of My Life in Art for his translation of the Russian director's autobiography, published here for the first time in English. Chapters progress chronologically as one would expect for an autobiography; appendices include variants and articles, Chekhov remembered, a chronology, and Stanislavski's writings on the Moscow Art Theatre's tour in Europe and America 1922-1923. A large section includes black-and-white photographs of Stanislavski and his family, friends, and colleagues. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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