This book charts the development of the Stanislavski system of acting. It shows how it grew from his own practice as an actor and director. It includes a clear exposition of the key elements of the 'system', such as relaxation, concentration, emotion, memory, units and objectives, and the superobjective. Finally the book explores the Method of Physical Actions, which he worked on in the years before his death, and which he called "the result of my whole life's work."
This book is both an invaluable guide to the Stanislavski system and a fascinating chronicle of his life. It shatters some common myths and misconceptions, and blows away the cobwebs, bringing ideas vividly to life.