Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings, Vol. 4: 1939-1949

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Architect, designer, and teacher, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was also an enormously productive and influential writer, publishing a prodigious number of articles, letters, and complete books. His writings have become indispensable inclusions in architecture libraries and have influenced generations of architects, city planners, designers, environmentalists, and architectural enthusiasts in this country and throughout the world.

This is the fourth volume in the highly acclaimed series of Wright's written works, most of which are out of print and have never before been systematically compiled for publication. Arranged chronologically, Volume IV includes the years of world conflict and postwar recovery-- a rich, prolific period during which Wright created designs for some of his best-known buildings. The predominant themes of these writings are his outspoken antiwar stance, his political isolationism, and his magnificent plan for living in the late twentieth century-- Broadacre City-- which he offers as a challenge to materialism and as a means of rehumanizing the nation and its citizens through decentralization. The essays here consist of published and unpublished manuscripts, as well as the Taliesin Square-Papers, which Wright privately published in the early 1940s as "a non-political voice from our democratic minority." The writings not only look forward to new solutions but also reflect poetically on his life's work and the sources of his inspirations. Included here are the final book of his autobiography, composed primarily of personal reminiscences, as well as a discussion of life with the members of the Taliesin Fellowship, his school and apprenticeship system, and his lasting tribute to his great teacher, Louis Sullivan, in "Genius and the Mobocracy."

His architectural message is consistent with his previous writings: the United States needs an architecture that will reflect the democratic values of the nation and encourage the creative life of the individual. Wright also continues his attack on the International Style, decrying its lack of cultural character and soulless universality.

Wright created more than 200 designs during this period-- highlighted by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the S.C. Johnson and Company Research Tower, and the Florida Southern College campus, as well as factories, theaters, civic centers, and more than 100 residential designs, many of which are illustrated here with previously unpublished drawings.

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About the Author:

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and is currently a trustee and Director of the Archives for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings, Treasures of Taliesin, and the recent Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks.

Kenneth Frampton is a Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.

From Publishers Weekly:

Handsomely illustrated with photographs, architectural drawings and plans, this fourth volume of Wright's collected writings bristles with his prickly, opinionated views. The architect's outspoken pacifism and isolationism, voiced in repetitious, often strident essays, led him to stubbornly misperceive Hitler's Germany as a distant economic threat rather than as a totalitarian power bent on world domination. The years covered here saw Wright's dissemination of his utopian plan for Broadacre City, which embodied his dream for a decentralized, liberated society that would blend agrarian and urban pursuits without the wasteful consumerism which he saw as rampant in the American way of life. Also included are an extended autobiographical sketch; a highly personal tribute to his mentor, Louis Sullivan; a broadside aimed at then New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses, whose proposals for high-rise housing were anathema to Wright; and Wright's reflections on his design for Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum. Pfeiffer is director of archives for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., and author of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks.
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