Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography Meryle Secrest s Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography focuses on Wright s family history personal adventures and colorful friends and family Secrest had unprecedented access to an archive of over one hund

  • Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography
  • Author: Meryle Secrest
  • ISBN: 9780226744148
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meryle Secrest s Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography focuses on Wright s family history, personal adventures, and colorful friends and family Secrest had unprecedented access to an archive of over one hundred thousand of Wright s letters, photographs, drawings, and books She also interviewed surviving devotees, students, and relatives The result is an explicit portrait of bMeryle Secrest s Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography focuses on Wright s family history, personal adventures, and colorful friends and family Secrest had unprecedented access to an archive of over one hundred thousand of Wright s letters, photographs, drawings, and books She also interviewed surviving devotees, students, and relatives The result is an explicit portrait of both the genius architect and the provocative con man Secrest seizes the themes most evocative of certain of our cultural myths, forging them into a coherent and emotionally plausible narrative New Republic An engaging narrative New York Times Book Review The real triumph of this biography is the link it makes between Frank Lloyd Wright s personal life and his architecture The Economist Secrest s achievement is to etch Wright s character in sharp relief She presents Wright in his every guise Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune An extremely engaging profile The Philadelphia Inquirer A spellbinding portrait Library Journal The best biography so far, a huge and definitive accumulation of fact Time

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    • I set out to read just one book about F LL Wright to gain knowledge of his career and life. After reading reviews of different books, I decided to go with this straight shooting biography. There are many books about his designs, and we had visited his first home and studio in Oak Park last summer, so I was looking for something to offset that. I was NOT disappointed. This book, in addition to following the development of his designs and career, also has many of the messier, cruder details, start [...]


    • Meryle Secrest is a good story teller (a talent for narrative not for making things up) and Wright gives her a lot of material to dig into. Sections of this book on Wright's antics are frankly hilarious. But Wright's life is also wrenching, heroic, mesmerizing, profound, impossible to interpret and unbelievable by turns. Some conclude that he was just a horrible person. He had a talent for invective and self invention and could not share the spotlight with anyone, but was more to the man than se [...]



    • This book is a brick, but it is riveting the entire way through. It does one of my least favorite things that biographies do -- that is to give a brief version of the entire life and death of the subject at the outset -- but even that is done very well. Starting with Lloyd Wright's ancestors in Wales, every major personality in this history is fleshed out so that when the relationships are recounted, everyone seems like a real person. This is especially important when it comes to his wives, who [...]


    • This is the definitive Wright biography. Secrist writes well and thoroughly of Wright’s professional and personal life. What struck me is how, due to “Loving Frank” so much is made of Wright’s romance with Mamah Cheney (which was short-lived due to her murder)—even Taliesen offers a “Loving Frank” tour, when his attachments to his first wife Catherine, his second the venomous Miriam Noel and his final to Olgivanna were of greater duration. Olgivanna probably had the strongest effec [...]


    • Okay, I admit I skimmed this book for information about his love life. Anyway, it's very detailed on *all* aspects of his life. Kind of makes me never want to write a biography - so much fact-finding/checking/recording!


    • A very readable biography. The author did a nice job of finding themes in FLW's upbringing that may have led to some of his peculiar characteristics.



    • I bought this book about a decade ago after a trip to Taliesen and finally got around to reading it. I don't remember anything about the tour of Taliesen, but it would be interesting to go back after reading this book. This is a very thorough biography of a fairly unlikable man. Wright was self-centered, childish and unfaithful, yet a great artist. Secrest treats her subject objectively, showing the strengths and weaknesses of the man and his architecture. She also does a great job of treating t [...]


    • Frank Lloyd Wright was an archethect who went to Europe and designed some of the greatest homes ever. His whole life was filled with ups and downs. It all started with his parents divorce and how he never got to see his dad again. Through out Wrights life, he was never the best student at school but, he was very smart. Wright entered the university of Wisconsin were he got a degree for at archetecture. Wright later went to Europe to learn more about archetecture. Here I Learnt that he was detica [...]


    • Overall, this was an excellent biography detailing the life of an architectural genius who was also a self-centered, overbearing person. The book starts a bit slowly with the author laboriously going over FLW's Welsh ancestry and Welsh-influenced background to the point that it's almost painful, but hang in there. After the author is done with that, she does a wonderful job of bringing the architect and his times to life. I found her account absolutely fascinating, and could not put this book do [...]


    • After having read two other books fairly recently aboutFrank Lloyd Wright I wondered what this huge book wasgoing to teach me-but in the first few pages I foundout. There's material here (unfortunately in grindinglength) that needed to be documented and documented itwas. Somehow the author pored over apparently everyconversation, bill for ascots and aside ever spokenabout Frank Lloyd Wright and I'd be surprised if theyaren't all in fact here. It took a long, long time toread and there was an asp [...]


    • The problem with reading biographies is that, often, you come away with a distaste for the subject. I did not enjoy the style in which this book was written. I felt that the author fell in love with her research and was afraid to omit facts, no matter how marginal they were to understanding Wright. My takeaway was that Frank Lloyd Wright was a arrogant, self-centered, unfaithful and uneducated man who took advantage of friends, acquaintances and aspiring architects. He did not even attend his mo [...]


    • Thorough examination of FLlW's life, with some excellent passages through career highlights, but emphasis was on the personal, rather than the professional. I'd have enjoyed more consideration of the buildings and changes in his style - though there are plenty of other books about him and his work.


    • This bio of the famous man tells the creative, self centeredness and beauty of the life of this architect. After a visit to Falling Water I got interested in the man behind the innovative designs. He had a colorful life with tragedy, success and acclaim. Worth the read.


    • I thought I was never going to finish this book! I bought this book at the gift shop at Taliesin West on a trip to Arizona. I enjoy Wright's architecture and wanted to read more about his personal life. This book covers both. However, the details can get quite tedious.



    • After reading Loving Frank, I was curious to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright. This book was recommended by Nancy Horan (author of Loving Frank).


    • Good, but I would have preferred a bit more about his personal life. It is a bit of a slog to read about architecture rather than looking at it.





    • M. Secrest's biography includes unparalleled insights from Wright's own letters, as well as so many others. It made the book both engaging and heartbreaking.


    • Great informationbut way more in-depth than I was looking for. Didn't finish it - I like FLLW, but am not obsessed with him!



    • It was good had to read it for school so you know. I'm not much of a biography reader (or any nonfic. for that matter) so I didn't really get into the book, but it was good.



    • Slow book to readdid learn a lot about FLLW's life's events, but think the author spent too much time on not-so important details. Will compare it to "Many Masks" by Brendan Gill when finished



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