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Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications Inc,US (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764932438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764932434
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 22.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This reprint of the enlarged and revised edition of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867-1959) autobiography from 1943 contains five "books" (lengthy separated sections) on family, fellowship, work, freedom, and form, in which he describes his childhood, apprenticeship, personal life, travels, and the details behind works such as the Prairie and Us


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It is great read about one of the most interesting people of the twentieth century. He reinvented himself three times.
Is the Guggenheim the biggest joke played on modern architecture?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf86990) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0x9cc8d1f8) out of 5 stars Great Book 5 Sept. 2008
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I am an architect and I am familiar with most of Frank Loyd Wright's buildings but knew very little about his life. A heart felt book, that made me realise the importance of doing what you beieve in. I decided to read this, after reading "Loving Frank" and getting a taste of what his life was like.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d37887c) out of 5 stars See the world through Wright's eyes 14 April 2008
By Mercedes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is actually my first study on this amazing man, so I can only guess how much of it is honest and how much he is deceiving himself. But one thing's for sure: it is truly fascinating. One can't get much closer to understanding his creative perspective, and why he chose to design certain projects the way he did. If you are interested in the creative process, this book is a great read.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0d642c) out of 5 stars A Bit Pompous 27 Jun. 2000
By Renee Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wright is rather cranky at times in this, his autobiography. He did have a famous extramarital affair (leading to his second marriage) that he touches on in the most oblique, huffy manner, and, as if it was always fresh in his mind, he seemed to feel a need to be defensive.
I am sure that others wrote better Wright biographies, and so I am inclined to recommend that the reader find one of those first. This book is probably better for a researcher looking to quote Wright.
He explains his architectural concepts somewhat generally, but those parts are engaging. He is warm towards his mentor, family, and friends, saving the book from being a complete rant.
A highly polished ego shines from the pages, not surprisingly. The writing really drags at times, to the point where I had to put the massive thing down for about a year before having the guts to pick it up again and finish it. Not totally unenjoyable, for it is, after all, the word of one of the most respected and admired architects in history.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc812dc) out of 5 stars No photographs in this autobiography. 14 April 2011
By Joan Cavendish - Published on Amazon.com
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This otherwise page-turning autobiography, written with style, feeling and insight, is diminished by the lack of any photographs. Other editions of Frank Lloyd Wright's autobiography always included numerous photographs of him, his ancestors, family, co-workers, friends, wives, children, houses, etc.
FLW loved to "hold court" and always dressed the part of "distinguished architect", especially for photographers. Too bad that this edition does not include a single photo, either of the great man himself or anyone else in his life. FLW was a master of visual impact. This edition fails miserably in its lack of any photographs and the contribution they would have made to the life story of a man who lived very much in the public realm.
Better to spend your money on FLW's autobiography published by Quartet Bks, London 1977, ISBN 0704321963, 616p., copywright, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d44f564) out of 5 stars great story 13 Mar. 2006
By Diana Harari Cherem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not just for architects.... the autobiography of Frank Loyd Wright it's a great story for everybody who's interested in passion for life.
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