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Plagued by fire : the dreams and furies of Frank Lloyd Wright / Paul Hendrickson.



Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home by a black servant gone mad. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man. With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780385353656
  • ISBN: 0385353650
  • Physical Description: x, 600 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 575-579) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Out of the Old Testament : August 15, 1914 -- Longing on a large scale : 1887-1909 -- The enigma of arrival -- The lost architect -- Ships on the prairie -- Attended by the Gothic -- Unity and Mamah : the sacred against the profane -- Chains of moral consequence : 1914-1921 -- Coming before him in his dreams : notes on an Alabama native son -- Connective tissue : one -- The man on the station platform -- Shaking it from his sleeve : the year 1936 -- Blood and bones -- Connective tissue : two -- In the fourth dimension -- At his father's stone -- The sad ballad of William Carey Wright (1) -- The sad ballad of William Carey Wright (2) -- End story : 1950-1959 -- Terminals (1) -- Terminals (2) -- Last word : for the two Taliesins.
Subject: Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 > Psychology.
Architects > United States > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers.
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / General.
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945).
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
United States.
Architects > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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