LEE STRASBERG AT THE ACTOR'S STUDIO. Tape-Recorded Sessions, edited by Robert H. Hethmon. Illustrated from photographs.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First edition (UK). Hardcover. This special copy has been finely bound for the publisher Tom Maschler bearing his personal bookplate especially designed for him by Quentin Blake. Original quarter leather patterned paper-covered boards with gilt titles in raised bands to spine and author's initials to the front cover, t.e.g. Lee Strasberg was the father of "Method acting" in America, he was also the artistic director of the Actors Studio, a stage director, a film actor and a major figure in world theater. As a master teacher, he guided several generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. He revolutionized the art of acting and had a profound influence on performance in American theater and movies. "The Method" a system of vocal, physical and emotional excercises, was initiated in Russia by Constantin Stanislavsky; it encouraged the actor to use his psyche and subconscious in preparing for a role. Mr. Strasberg adapted it to the American theater, imposing his refinements, but always crediting Stanislavsky as his source. 428 pages with epilogue, appendix and index. A near fine copy in a wonderful binding. Item #14495