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With the Holidays approaching, my wife asked me what I wanted for X-mas.
I have been lurking on this site as well as a few others to reseach as much as I can about the Man and his architecture. She has a book she had purchased a while ago, "Lost Wright," that I have been reading and since she asked, I replied to her that I would like to get a few more FLW books.
I had these on my list....
--The Frank Llloyd Wright Companion (Storrer)
--The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright: A complete guide to the Designs of an Architectural Genius (Heinz)
--The Wright Style, FLW interiors (Lind)
Any other books come to mind that you would consider a good read for a new FLW enthusist?
- Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life (Huxtable); not as in-depth as the next two, but a very enjoyable read, even for non-fanatics
- Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography (Secrest)
- Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture (Twombly)
- The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright (Costantino)
Coffee table books:
- Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses (Hess & Weintraub)
- Auldbrass: Frank Lloyd Wright's Southern Plantation, 2nd ed. (DeLong)
Reference (small enough to carry on trips):
- The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog, 2nd ed. (Storrer)
- Wright Sites: A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places (FLW Building Conservancy)
- Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide: His 100 Greatest Works (Clayton)
Books by chatters and FLWBC Board members:
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College (Dale Allen Gyure)
- Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower (Mark Hertzberg)
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Walter V. Davidson House (Patrick J. Mahoney)
- Wright in Racine (Mark Hertzberg)
(I havenâ€™t read these four yet â€“ theyâ€™re on my own list for Santa â€“ but how can they not be excellent?)
- Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years 1954-1959 (Hession & Pickrel)
- Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered (Meehan)
- Fallingwater Rising (Toker)
- Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€™s Romance With Nature (Waggoner)
- Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob (Hoffman)
- back-issues of the Quarterly (FLW Foundation)
I have learned more about FLW from his drawings and his own writings than any other source. He can be hard to read and plays loose with the facts but if its architecture you're interested in, that's where to find it.
Get a set of "Frank Lloyd Wright Complete Works" (and a good magnifying glass) before they go out of print, and his "An Autobiography". Another angle to understand his work is a knowledge of the things that inspired him such as Japanese art prints, the music of Beethoven and Bach, and natural environment.
The letters series (Letters to Architects, Letters to Clients, and Letters to Apprentices), all selected and edited by Pfeiffer, are easier to read than the autobiography, but even in some of the letters the reader can get bogged down.
Thank you all for your suggestions and a BIG thank you for all of the discussions on this site. Being a greenhorn to FLW and his works, this forum is a wonderful resource.
Another interesting book that may be hard to find is a collection of newspaper columns by FLW and the Taliesin Fellowship (1934-1937) "At Taliesin" compiled by a fellow named Randolph C. Henning in 1992.
Wright's own words are less revealing about the meat and matter of his work than is almost any other source, it seems to me. He is (nearly) always at pains to burnish his legend, to wreathe his own crown with the magic and the mystery of Genius. How will one learn the truth -- interesting or otherwise -- that way ?
"What a man does -- that, he has" said Wright -- and let that be the clue as to where to find him.