The Philosopher’s Stone

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Jean M. O. Fischer

These contemporary diaries of lessons with Alexander consist of: “The Philosopher’s Stone” - a review from 1919 of Alexander’s Man’s Supreme Inheritance, by the American historian James Harvey Robinson. It introduces Alexander and his technique. “Diary of My Lessons in the Alexander Technique” by Eva Webb describes one lesson with Alexander and several with his assistant teachers, such as Irene Stewart, in 1947. “The Diaries of Frank and Grace Hand” record their lessons with Alexander in 1942 in New York. “Recording of a Miracle” by Mrs. Buchanan, edited by Louise Morgan, is from the early 1950s. The first part of “The Journal of Sir George Trevelyan” introduces Alexander and his technique. The second part form 1936-37 records Alexander’s instructions to his teachers. “How I came to have Lessons with F. M. Alexander” by Anthony Ludovici does not describe actual lessons. [110/xvii pages, hb, 19 b/w illustrations on plates, 1998, Mourtiz, imported]

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