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Have you read this book? If so, thoughts?
Frank Lloyd Wright : The Early Years : Progressivism : Aesthetics : Cities by Donald Leslie Johnson https://amzn.to/31yEkQo
Any other good FLW books (more recent ones) that you'd recommend? Or really any good architecture books ....
What I want to know is, what was the critical reception of Alofsin, "FLW - The Lost Years," following its 1993 publication ?
As much as anything, the author with "something to prove" seems as pleased to be able to find fault with his predecessor Wright historians as to make
sense of Wright's "midlife crisis." Paul Kruty comes in for criticism, not only for possibly cribbing from Alofsin's dissertation on Midway Gardens in his own,
a year later, but for failing to provide his (Kruty's) "worthwhile treatment" of that project with a "critical apparatus or conceptual framework" in which the
Midway Gardens could be "adequately assessed."
Searching for his own "conceptual framework" in which to assess the changes in Wright's work and state of mind as he absorbs the European sojourn
and returns to home and practice, Alofsin resorts to comparing Wright's vow to "square himself" to his personal and professional situation, with the literal
(graphic) squares (and rotated squares) he "could have" noticed, in or on various structures encountered in his travels.
I don't have a problem with Kruty, but Alofsin sounds to me like an over-inculcated, under-educated prof publishing solely so as not to perish.
For a keen assessment of FLW, I would suggest anything by Grant Hildebrand.
An old book you may not have read that is very interesting is
"Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier"
by Robert Fishman (1977).
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/book ... house.html
I enjoyed Ada Louise Huxtable's book on FLW: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Lloyd-Wrig ... way&sr=8-1Tim wrote:Prepping for my vacation and looking for a book to bring with ...