In his most famous book,"An Actor Prepares", Stanislavski
dealt with the imaginative processes. In the second
book,"Building a Character", he deals with the physical
realisation of character on the stage, expressions, movement and
speech etc. It is a book in which every theory is inextricably
bound up with practice - a perfect handbook to the physical art of
acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors
and trainers. This edition, now reprinted with a new cover at a
more accessible price, has stood the test of time for actorsall
over the world and was the original English language translation.
This is a classic text for every actor's library."An Actor
must work all his life, cultivate his mind, train his talents
systematically, develop his character; he may never despair and
never relinquish this main purpose - to love his art with all his
strength and love it unselfishly."- (Constantin Stanislavski).
Constantin Stanislavski died in 1938 and is the most influential person in actor training to date. As co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre, he developed his theories of acting. Elizabeth Reynold Hapgood (Translator) - An editor and translator and Head of the Russian Department at Columbia University worked with Stanislavski before he died.