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Recommended Introductions to the Alexander Technique 

Freedom to Change by Frank Pierce Jones. London: Mouritz, 1997. (First published under the title, Body Awareness in Action, 1976.) Available from Mornum Time Press, 381 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104

A comprehensive account of the Alexander Technique, this book includes a substantial amount of information on John Dewey and the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique: Freedom in Thought and Action by Tasha Miller and David Langstroth. The first chapter is available as a free download from Alexander Technique Atlantic. Audio download is available from cdbaby. Nous Publishing, 2007. ISBN 9780973978629.

Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique by Pedro de Alcantara with foreword by Sir Colin Davis. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997 edition. ISBN 0-19-816568-4 [0-19-816569-2, paperback]. Available from Amazon.

The Alexander Technique by Chris Stevens. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc., 1987, 1994. ISBN 0-8048-3006-1. Available from Amazon.

A brief, easy-to-read introduction.The British Medical Journal wrote: “It [the Alexander Technique] is difficult to explain without practical experience, but Chris Stevens provides an excellent introduction.”

Books and Writings on the Alexander Technique by F.M. Alexander

Articles and Lectures: Articles, Published Letters and Lectures on the Alexander Technique (1894-1950). Jean Fisher (ed.), London: Mouritz Press, 1995. The current paperback edition is available from Mouritz Press (UK). The Mouritiz hardback edition which, unlike the paperback edition, included a wealth of explanatory background information in the editor's notes, is out of print but Amazon and other book services may carry used copies.

Man's Supreme Inheritance with Introduction by John Dewey, 1918. Current edition: London: Mouritz Press, 1996. Available from Mornum Time Press and Mouritz Press (UK). “Alexander's authorized 1946 edition with additional material from earlier additions.” Includes “ten appendices omitted from earlier additions, reviews of the 1910 and 1918 editions, extracts from reviews,” etc.

Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual with Introduction by John Dewey, 1923. Current edition: London: Mouritz 2004. Available from Mornum Time Press and Mouritz (UK).

The Use of the Self with Introduction by John Dewey, 1932. Current edition: London: Orion, 2001. Available from Barnes & Noble

The Universal Constant in Living 1941. Current edition: London: Mouritz Press, 2000. Available from Mornum Time Press and Mouritz Press (UK).. This hardback edition contains a wealth of explanatory background information in the editor's notes. Also included are a number of photos, an appreciation by scientist George E. Coghill, and sixteen appendices written by various authors, including Aldous Huxley.

Other Literature

Link for descriptions of the following literature:

John Dewey and F.M. Alexander edited by Alexander Murray (booklet). .

John Dewey and F. Matthias Alexander II edited by Alexander Murray (booklet).

John Dewey and F. Matthias Alexander III edited by Alexander Murray (booklet)..

John Dewey and F. Matthias Alexander IV

A Neglected Influence: Frederick Matthias Alexander and John Dewey by Eric David McCormack. Available from Mouritz (UK). ISBN 978-0-9568498-1-6.

The Expanding Self by Goddard Binkley. London: STAT Books, 1993. ISBN 0-9519304-3-5. Available from Mouritz.

Connecting Links (booklet) by Irene Tasker, 1967.

“Alexander, Dewey, Jones, and McCormack: A Circle of Influence” by Jo Ann Boydston. Text of keynote address at the 1996 NASTAT annual meeting. NASTAT News (newsletter of the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) #34, 1996.

“Connecting Links” by Alexander Murray. NASTAT [AmSAT] News #16, 1992.

“Frank Pierce Jones's Life and Work” by Missy Vineyard. Address at 1996 NASTAT Annual General Meeting, NASTAT News No. 34, 1996.


Dewey's introductions to ... Alexander's books ... together with the chapter on Habits and Will in Human Nature and Conduct still provide the best general introduction to Alexander's work.

Frank Pierce Jones


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