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Plagued by fire : the dreams and furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 WRI (Text) 33500013154141 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780385353663
  • ISBN: 0385353650
  • ISBN: 9780385353656
  • Physical Description: x, 600 pages : illustrations ; 25 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"--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.
Summary, etc.: 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.

  • 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
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
Genre: Biographies.
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