- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; Reprint edition (1 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375710159
- ISBN-13: 978-0375710155
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House Paperback – 1 May 2005
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"Utterly fascinating . . . An absolute page turner, thanks not only to Toker's diligence, but also to his palpable excitement about his material . . . Nothing about the way Fallingwater was built, conceived, influenced or manipulated escapes the author's attention. He brings the house to life on the page even as he analyzes its larger meaning." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Spellbinding . . . The season's best amalgam of storytelling, history, glitter, gossip, and art." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times (gift book suggestions)
"Fallingwater is without argument a prime piece of 20th-century design. Toker's book is equally without argument a masterwork of reporting, biography, art history, social history, and aesthetic judgement." --Leonard Gill, Memphis Flyer "Wright's Fallingwater house made America fall in love with modernist architecture, according to this engrossing study . . . The trenchant analysis of Wright's character and creativity, the often lyrical evocations of his buildings, and the opinionated but insightful overview of the modernist intellectual milieu of the 1930s make the book a wonderful exploration of the psychological and social meaning of architecture." --Publishers Weekly
"A juicy story . . . Fallingwater is controversial even today, and the story of how it came to be is enthralling." --Arizona Republic "A cerebral, spiritual, and social pilgrimage through Fallingwater and the long shadows cast by the two personalities who brought the great home to fruition . . . with profiles that make Wright and Kaufmann human . . . Fallingwater, too, becomes a living thing through Toker's intimate wording: a wondrous creature, exquisitely tuned to the site . . . Digging into personal and architectural history, Toker demonstrates spadework of the highest, most exacting, and refined order." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Art historian Franklin Toker has peppered his recent study of the 20th century's most famous house with a delicious supply of tidbits." --Harry Schwalb, ARTnews "For anyone interested in architecture . . . this book is a must." --Matthew Kangas, Seattle Times "This architectural biography of a house is the best and most comprehensive yet on the structure and its creators." --Donald Miller, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "What is remarkable and compelling about Franklin Toker's new book Fallingwater Rising is that, although a scrupulously researched work of nonfiction, it is vibrantly alive, full of intrigue and populated with individuals of genuine dramatic interest . . . For readers who have already experienced Fallingwater, this book will be the key that will open its many mysteries and architectural miracles." --Nagle Jackson, Trenton Times "Extraordinary." --Myron A. Marty, St. Louis Post Dispatch "The most comprehensive book available about Frank Lloyd Wright's most notable house . . . While there are prized pieces of new information in nearly every chapter of this book, Toker's investigation into the publicity and hype surrounding Fallingwater makes for some of the more fascinating reading here." --Library Journal (starred review) "As Toker makes delightfully clear, Fallingwater is not just a great house, it's a great story." --Library Journal, "Best Books of 2003"
From the Inside Flap
"Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told.
When he got the commission to design the house, Wright was nearing seventy, his youth and his early fame long gone. It was the Depression, and Wright had no work in sight. Into his orbit stepped Edgar J. Kaufmann, a Pittsburgh department-store mogul-"the smartest retailer in America"-and a philanthropist with the burning ambition to build a world-famous work of architecture. It was an unlikely collaboration: the Jewish merchant who had little concern for modern architecture and the brilliant modernist who was leery of Jews. But the two men collaborated to produce an extraordinary building of lasting architectural significance that brought international fame to them both and confirmed Wright's position as the greatest architect of the twentieth century.
"Fallingwater Rising is also an enthralling family drama, involving Kaufmann, his beautiful cousin/wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Jr., whose own role in the creation of Fallingwater and its ongoing reputation is central to the story. Involving such key figures of the l930s as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Henry R. Luce, William Randolph Hearst, Ayn Rand, and Franklin Roosevelt, "Fallingwater Rising shows us how E. J. Kaufmann's house became not just Wright's masterpiece but a fundamental icon of American life.
One of the pleasures of the book is its rich evocation of the upper-crust society of Pittsburgh-Carnegie, Frick, the Mellons-a society that wassocially reactionary but luxury-loving and baronial in its tastes, hobbies, and sexual attitudes (Kaufmann had so many mistresses that his store issued them distinctive charge plates they could use without paying).
Franklin Toker has been studying Fallingwater for eighteen years. No one but he could have given us this compelling saga of the most famous private house in the world and the dramatic personal story of the fascinating people who made and used it.
A major contribution to both architectural and social history.
"From the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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