Edward Gordon Craig (1872 1966) was the most brilliant and influential stage designer this century. Always a controversial figure, he set out to revolutionise the theatre by creating a new art, the art of the theatre. Almost single-handed he formulated the principles on which a modern approach to stage design would be based. In his writings and engravings he transformed stage scenery from painted back-cloth into an abstract three-dimensional world of form and light. Craig's reputation as a designer is firmly established; his brilliance as a writer is only beginning to be recognised. Index to the Story of My Days shows him at his most self-revealing. As the original edition announced, 'Anything less like the conventional book of memoirs it would be difficult to imagine'. This 1981 reissue includes a specially written introductory essay by Peter Holland assessing the importance of Craig's career in the history of stage design."
Magazines in the '20's carried sketches and descriptions of Gordon Craig's work in the English theatre, bringing it to the attention of Americans. He is the son of Ellen Terry, and at 84 has written this autobiographical account of his life and the people around him from his birth in 1872 to 1907 when he reached the full maturity of his powers. Gordon grew up in the theatre and was imbued with it "in blood and bone". His parents and Henry Irving formed the triumvirate which guided him- he acted as a young boy-and for years he absorbed all parts of stage and theater lore. He sketched a great deal and his knowledge of woodcuts and etchings helped to direct him toward stage design. He had more than one wife and more than one mistress, the greatest of whom was Isadora Duncan.... He writes in a conversational style with great charm and discretion. His memoir is a reservoir of dates and facts which may not be of much interest except to the professional student- but it also pictures the man, the milieu and the era at the turn of the century. (Kirkus Reviews)