There are hundreds of books published on Frank Lloyd Wright. To save you time trying to find your next read, we pull together 10 of the most popular titles with updated prices for delivery to your door.
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders by William R. Drennan
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
The most pivotal and yet least understood event of Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated life involves the brutal murders in 1914 of seven adults and children dear to the architect and the destruction by fire of Taliesin, his landmark residence, near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Unaccountably, the details of that shocking crime have been largely ignored by Wright’s legion of biographers—a historical and cultural gap that is finally addressed in William Drennan’s exhaustively researched Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders. In response to the scandal generated by his open affair with the proto-feminist and free love advocate Mamah Borthwick Cheney, Wright had begun to build Taliesin as a refuge and "love cottage" for himself and his mistress (both married at the time to others). Conceived as the apotheosis of Wright’s prairie house style, the original Taliesin would stand in all its isolated glory for only a few months before the bloody slayings that rocked the nation and reduced the structure itself to a smoking hull. Supplying both a gripping mystery story and an authoritative portrait of the artist as a young man, Drennan wades through the myths surrounding Wright and the massacre, casting fresh light on the formulation of Wright’s architectural ideology and the cataclysmic effects that the Taliesin murders exerted on the fabled architect and on his subsequent designs. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Association
The follow-up to the Mudpuppy board book bestseller My First Shapes With Frank Lloyd Wright, Mudpuppy's Opposites With Frank Lloyd Wright Board Book entertains and introduces children the concept of opposites. Using Wright's famous works, colorful spreads illustrate hard and soft round and pointy, city and nature, and more. - Size: 6.25 x 6.25 x 0.75"
My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright by Mudpuppy
Publisher: Mudpuppy Books
Frank Lloyd Wright used basic geometric shapes as the foundation for his modern architecture. Learn your basic shapes alongside this famous architect with My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright Board Book from Mudpuppy. Each chapter tab focuses on one of three basics shapes: circle, square, or triangle. - Size: 6.25 x 7"
For the first time, all 289 of Frank Lloyd Wright's extant houses are shown together in a collection of exquisite color photographs that provides a definitive catalog of Wright's homes. 12,500 first printing.
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas (For Kids series) by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
“A terrific book.” —Washington Post, on previous edition “An unusually effective art book for children.” —Publishers Weekly, on previous edition Previous edition sold more than 50,000 copies This revised and updated edition of a longstanding classic details the life, times, and work of America’s most celebrated architect. Through kid-friendly prose and anecdotes, Thorne-Thomsen describes the influences of Wright’s Wisconsin childhood--nature, music, and close family ties; his struggles to find work as a young architect; the unique style that led him to the top of his profession; and masterpieces like the Robie House, Hollyhock House, Fallingwater, the Guggenheim, and many others. Also discussed are Wright’s sometimes controversial private and public life and the people and times that influenced him and vice-versa, with new sidebars on topics such as the Chicago and Bauhaus schools of architecture, Friedrich Froebel and his influential toy blocks, and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Budding architects will delve into architectural and design concepts while having fun through 21 hands-on projects, such as creating an edible model of Fallingwater, making a miniature Japanese kite, reading an architectural plan, and much more. A time line, glossary, bibliography, and list of houses to visit are also included. Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen specializes in writing and designing books and websites for museums, historical sites, and educational organizations. She is the author of Greene and Greene for Kids, The Huntington for Kids, The Sustainability Book for Kids, and many others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Born in Wisconsin in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright became obsessed with a set of building blocks his mother had given to him on his ninth birthday. He grew up to become the father of organic architecture and the greatest American architect of all time, having designed more than 1,100 buildings during his lifetime. These included aprivate homes - such as the stunning Fallingwater, churches, temples, a hotel, and the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in New York City. aWhen asked how he could create so many designs, he answered, oI can't get them out fast enough.o Frank Lloyd Wright was a man ahead of his time who could barely keep up with his own ideas!
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