- 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)
Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005
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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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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.
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.