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F.M.: The Life Of Frederick Matthias Alexander : Founder of the Alexander Technique - Michael Bloch

F.M.: The Life Of Frederick Matthias Alexander

Founder of the Alexander Technique

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The Alexander Technique is a method of muscular re- education, which has become standard training for actors, dancers and singers, and is practised for health reasons all over the world. Its founder, Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), was an Australian actor who stumbled upon it in the 1890s after studying himself in mirrors to discover why he had lost his voice. He realised that most people suffered from the same postural defects he had noticed in himself, and that this explained much of what went wrong with them. F.M. (as he was known) came to London in 1904 and became enormously successful. During the First World War he practised in America with equal success, converting the American philosopher John Dewey to his cause. He wrote four books (all still in print), and his supporters included Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw and Stafford Cripps. He was, however, a difficult and argumentative man who made enemies. Towards the end of his life he embarked on a libel action against the South African government, which had accused him of charlatanism. He won, and went on practising and propagating his technique until his death aged 86.

Michael Bloch has done the world a great service by writing this life of a man who deserves to be more widely acknowledged and celebrated. - COUNTRY LIFE

Bloch presents the facts in poised, gentlemanly prose, noting foibles without moralising, and dryly alive to amusing details. - TLS

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Tasmania (1869-1889)p. 10
Australia (1889-1904)p. 29
London (1904-1914)p. 58
America (1914-1924)p. 97
Progress (1924-1939)p. 130
War (1939-1946)p. 174
Trial (1944-1948)p. 197
Finale (1948-1955)p. 229
Epiloguep. 241
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780316860482
ISBN-10: 0316860484
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13th July 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1