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F.M. - The Life of Frederick Matthias Alexander

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

by Michael Bloch
Paperback/Published 2004
This is a well-written, informative and very comprehensive biography of Alexander that emphasizes the development of his ideas.
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Freedom to Change

Freedom to Change:
The Development and Science of the Alexander Technique

by Frank Pierce Jones
Paperback/Published in 1997
Most books about the Alexander Technique contain some historical information. This book in particular (review under Introductory Books about the Alexander Technique) contains a lot of good information about Alexander's life and the development of the Alexander Technique.
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Frederick Matthias Alexander - A Family History

Frederick Matthias Alexander:
A Family History

by J. A. Evans
Hardcover/Published 2001
This book is not so much about the Technique as about its originator, his origins as a descendant of convicts transported to Tasmania, and his life spent developing, practicing, and teaching his methods.
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F. Matthias Alexander:
The Man and his Work - Memoirs of Training in the Alexander Technique

by Lulie Westfeldt
Paperback/Published 1987
This is a fascinating personal account by a member of Alexander's first training course. It includes case histories and a description of the Technique.
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Up from Down Under and the Supplement to Up From Down Under by Rosslyn McLeod, and F. Matthias Alexander 1869-1955 - A Biographical Outline edited by Walter Carrington are also good sources of information about Alexander's life. Alexander wrote an autobiographical sketch covering the first 35 years of his life which can be found in Articles and Lectures by F. Matthias Alexander.

These and several other books and pamphlets about the history of the Alexander Technique are available from the American Society for the Alexander Technique.

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