GENIUS AND THE MOBOCRACY by Frank Lloyd Wright

GENIUS AND THE MOBOCRACY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a prosody which has many peculiarities- presumably modern and notable among them a strange inversion of sentence structure, this is a memorial to Louis H. Sullivan, prophet without honor, and the aesthetic-architectural credo he formulated- functionalism. Wright, who in his early years served as a draughtsman under Sullivan- the ""lieber-meister"" -- has made a selection of his drawings reproduced here, and outlines briefly the triumph and the tragedy of his career, the character of his genius and philosophy. He also includes some messianic-metaphysical thoughts of his own in an attack on the ""mobocracy"" which ""swarms and swamps what genuine democracy we have built into our commonplace""; on the mechanization which occurs in mobocracy and causes the rejection of the individual, the genius; etc. etc. Of highly specialized appeal, for devotees, professionals.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1949
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce