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

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Record details

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

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    *Starred Review* In this resurrection of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's life, Hendrickson (Hemingway's Boat, 2011) takes an oft-told story and turns it into a braid of multiple narratives that portrays Wright's family, lovers, clients, and enemies, all charmed and cursed by the spell of an extraordinarily gifted man. Award-winning writer, professor, and journalist Hendrickson is a researcher of unquenchable curiosity. He peels away layers of myth from the lives of Wright's wives and lovers, notably Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a client who fell in love with Wright and was brutally murdered, along with her two children and four workmen, at Wright's Wisconsin home of Taliesin. He follows the faint trail of Cheney's killer. He documents the tragedies that dogged numerous Wright clients, including unexplained deaths and suicides and fires that damaged or destroyed many Wright creations. Hendrickson's attention to detail and Faulknerian storytelling require a dedicated reader, notably when he revisits the murders in lurid detail in the prologue. Some long digressions lead to dead ends, but as Hendrickson travels the arc of Wright's life, his investigation into its deepest mysteries achieves a powerful momentum. Wright was a genius, an egotist, and a man tormented by conscience and regret, and Henderson's inspired storytelling is worthy of its subject. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

PAUL HENDRICKSON is the author of the New York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, and Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. Among his other books are Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (1992 finalist for the NBCC award) and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (1996 finalist for the National Book Award). He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the father of two grown sons, both of whom work in media, and he lives with his wife, Cecilia, a retired nurse, in Washington, D.C., and outside Philadelphia.

Subject: Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 > Psychology.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Architects > United States > Biography.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
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