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Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss Paperback – June 12, 2012
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A few quibbles:
1. This book deserved a hardcover release.
2. There are a few date / age discrepancies which should have been caught by a copy editor.
3. The one glaring shortcoming of this book is the lack of plans and elevations from the Taliesin archives. I know that they exist; they were included in the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum last year.
All in all, this is a must-have book for anyone interested in Taliesin and the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Highly recommended!
For the unaware, Taliesin is Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio and farmstead in southern Wisconsin. "Building Taliesin" tells the tale of inception, construction and fiery end of the first phase of its existence. The 1911-1914 story begins with Wright and his lover, Mamah Borthwick, having abandoned their families preparatory to divorce, in their hideaway in Tuscany. Upon their return to America, Wright built a successor haven where they could continue their love in the hills of Wisconsin. Predictably for the time, they were objects of gossip as they lived their lives together, lives that would be cut short by a tragic and shocking crime. I will leave it at that. The suspense is part of the book.
Although Taliesin was a refuge, it did not exist in a vacuum. That Taliesin and its people played their parts in the Progressive Movement that dominated Wisconsin during this era is well documented in this book.
That, in brief, is the story. Now for the pictures: Leavened by over two hundred photos and drawings gathered from around the world, this book is a feast for the eyes.Read more ›
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I have not finished the book as yet but am fascinated with it so far. Looking forward to finishing it soon.Published on September 4, 2013 by Nancy R. Nelson
The book was received in timely fashion and in excellent condition. It is a gift for my husband for Christmas.Published on December 11, 2012 by Lisa Ann Wallace
disappointed in the way the book was laid out, like a Facebook Timeline page, like a scrapbook; more of a coffee table book than an historical read; tragic storyPublished on October 28, 2012 by bbopster