Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect (Lerner Biographies)

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9780822549536: Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect (Lerner Biographies)

A biography of the innovative American architect whose ideas influenced the direction of design in the twentieth century

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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+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 7 Up. After an introductory discussion of Fallingwater, Wright's masterpiece, Davis's account proceeds chronologically. The author races through the subject's life at breakneck speed, throwing out names, dates, and places with little analysis, reflection, or evaluation. As a result, the narrative is often confusing, and it's impossible to determine what information is truly important or meaningful. Davis never discusses Wright's lasting influence or even why he is worth reading about. She also fails to place him in the context of his times. The number of factual errors is embarrassing, and the omissions are puzzling (particularly given some of the items that are included). Average-quality, black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. Yona McDonough's Frank Lloyd Wright (Chelsea, 1992) suffers from pedestrian writing but is adequate. Susan Rubin's book (Abrams, 1994) is the best of the lot. Physically gorgeous, it is also captivating and thoroughly covers the major events of the man's life.?Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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