Gilbert Austin (1753-1837)
Chironomia or a Treatise on Rhetorical Delivery, London, Mary Margaret Robb and Lester Thonssen, Carbondale, 1806.
Gilbert Austin was a teacher and Irish author. He is known mainly for his book Chironomia, a treatise on rhetoric inspired by Greek and Latin works on oration. In this work, Austin discusses the importance of voice and gestures in speech.
This book will interest both rhetoric enthusiasts and theater actors.
In the West, Chironomia remained the best-selling work in its class until the early twentieth century.
Alfred Siemon Golding
Classicistic Acting, Two Centuries of a Performance Tradition at the Amsterdam Schouwburg, Boston, University Press of America, 1984.
This book is concerned with the techniques of classical acting. Golding takes care to describe the training necessary to the actor, as well as the acting conventions of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
It is an essential work for understanding the many affinities between the principles of oration and of acting.