FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Frances A. Davis


Age Range: 10 & up
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 A faithful recounting of the story of the ``Maverick Architect,'' packed with colorful detail: Wright's mother taped pictures of cathedrals over his crib and brought him special toy blocks to stir his desire to build. A child of divorce, Wright rose to prominence largely due to his talent and his hunger for money. By the age of 21, with many professional credentials, Wright was married and living in a home he had designed in an affluent Chicago suburb. Plagued by reckless spending and marital problems, Wright left his wife and six children for Mamah Cheney, who was later killed in a fire in Wright's studio, Taliesin. While ably capturing the drama of Wright's affairs, Davis is also adept at discussing the artistic development of his career, citing the aesthetic significance of the architect's various commissions, from private homes such as Fallingwater, to his outstanding public works--the Price Tower and the Guggenheim Museum. Readers of this uncommonly rich biography will discover not only Wright's genius, but his heart and soul as well. (b&w photos, diagrams, sources, bibliograpy, index) (Biography. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8225-4953-0
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1996