Frank Lloyd Wright and His Manner of Thought
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Although Frank Lloyd Wright is a towering figure in American culture, nearly all discussion of him has concerned his innovative architectural designs. This is not a book about architecture. There is a widespread feeling that only architects, or at the very least architectural historians, can write about the subject and I do not wish to challenge that notion...
Introduction: Truth against the World
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“I would much rather build than write about buildings, but when I am not building, I will write about buildings— or the significance of those buildings I have already built” (CW I: 315). Frank Lloyd Wright addressed these words to readers of The Architectural Record in December 1928, as part of his series “In the Cause of Architecture.” Because of...
1. Architects and Machines
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“The more true culture a man has, the more significant his environment becomes to him.” These first public words of Frank Lloyd Wright, spoken to the University Guild in Evanston, Illinois, in 1894, make him sound like very much the nineteenth-century gentleman. More than half a century later modernist detractors would give...
2. The Prairie and the World
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As the twentieth century gets underway, Frank Lloyd Wright’s family motto of “Truth against the World” takes on a prospective dimension. As his first decade of practice demonstrated, Wright had no trouble whatsoever innovating within established nineteenth-century forms, whether Queen Anne, Shingle, or Colonial...
3. Japan and After
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The art of Japan is not an influence on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, but has an affinity with his work, as he insists throughout his career. This claim is not surprising, because Wright likes nothing that is applied. A house such as Taliesin is of the hill, not on it. A style of art comes from within the artist as a manner of expression, and cannot...
4. An Autobiography and the Fellowship
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s story of his own life begins in Wisconsin, not where he was born (Richland Center) or principally raised (Madison) but rather in the rural Helena Valley beyond Spring Green. The occasion is a walk up the snowy hillside overlooking several of the Lloyd Jones family farms. During the summers of his boyhood...
5. Broadacre City and the 1930s
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In 1932, with the publication of An Autobiography and the founding of the Taliesin Fellowship, the nature of Frank Lloyd Wright’s writing changes. A lack of commissions in the second half of the 1920s had forced him to write essays and deliver lectures for a living, and the onset of the Great Depression assured little architectural work would be...
Conclusion: A Second Career
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Nearly one-third of Frank Lloyd Wright’s drafted thoughts date from the 1940s and 1950s, just as do an even greater proportion of his built designs. This volume of output speaks for his genuine second career, beginning in the mid-1930s with his success of Fallingwater, the S. C. Johnson Administration Building, and the introduction...
Appendix: Divorce Papers of William C. and Anna L. Wright
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Bibliography of Works Consulted
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Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2014