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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764932438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764932434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The look of the book does Frank Lloyd Wright justice!
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I you really want to understand Wright, his life, his Organic Architecture, and his passion for Nature and Life, this book is a must.
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I decided to read this, after reading "Loving Frank" and getting a taste of what his life was like.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2008
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I am an architect and I am familiar with most of Frank Loyd Wright's buildings but knew very little about his life. A heart felt book, that made me realise the importance of doing what you beieve in. I decided to read this, after reading "Loving Frank" and getting a taste of what his life was like.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on April 13, 2008
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This book is actually my first study on this amazing man, so I can only guess how much of it is honest and how much he is deceiving himself. But one thing's for sure: it is truly fascinating. One can't get much closer to understanding his creative perspective, and why he chose to design certain projects the way he did. If you are interested in the creative process, this book is a great read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Renee Thorpe on June 27, 2000
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Wright is rather cranky at times in this, his autobiography. He did have a famous extramarital affair (leading to his second marriage) that he touches on in the most oblique, huffy manner, and, as if it was always fresh in his mind, he seemed to feel a need to be defensive.
I am sure that others wrote better Wright biographies, and so I am inclined to recommend that the reader find one of those first. This book is probably better for a researcher looking to quote Wright.
He explains his architectural concepts somewhat generally, but those parts are engaging. He is warm towards his mentor, family, and friends, saving the book from being a complete rant.
A highly polished ego shines from the pages, not surprisingly. The writing really drags at times, to the point where I had to put the massive thing down for about a year before having the guts to pick it up again and finish it. Not totally unenjoyable, for it is, after all, the word of one of the most respected and admired architects in history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joan Cavendish on April 13, 2011
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This otherwise page-turning autobiography, written with style, feeling and insight, is diminished by the lack of any photographs. Other editions of Frank Lloyd Wright's autobiography always included numerous photographs of him, his ancestors, family, co-workers, friends, wives, children, houses, etc.
FLW loved to "hold court" and always dressed the part of "distinguished architect", especially for photographers. Too bad that this edition does not include a single photo, either of the great man himself or anyone else in his life. FLW was a master of visual impact. This edition fails miserably in its lack of any photographs and the contribution they would have made to the life story of a man who lived very much in the public realm.
Better to spend your money on FLW's autobiography published by Quartet Bks, London 1977, ISBN 0704321963, 616p., copywright, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Diana Harari Cherem on March 13, 2006
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Not just for architects.... the autobiography of Frank Loyd Wright it's a great story for everybody who's interested in passion for life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Callie on August 23, 2014
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The writing is a little self-conscious at times, but inspiring to hear from Frank's own viewpoint what life what like growing up (very difficult), and how those experiences shaped him as an architect. His work ethic was unbelievable and a direct result (it appears) of the farm life he adapted to, rising well before the sun, working all day with a meal break and then falling asleep for a few hours to do it all again. It really shows how so many "old timers" in America lived their lives - I think my great-grandparents lived like this, although you wouldn't know it, they were very relaxed and nice people.

Wish there were some pictures, but other FLW coffee table books are good for that.
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A little rambly - he could have used an editor, but I'm sure wouldn't have allowed his words to be changed! Sometimes I would have to read a sentence three times to try to figure out what he was saying. Sometimes I was successful. Many parts are fictionalized to put himself in a better light. I was disappointed to find that Mamah was hardly mentioned at all, and suppose that has to do with the fact that Olgiavanna oversaw this project and she was terribly jealous of his love for Mamah.

I enjoyed the insight into his creative process and the view into his personality that the book offered. It is a shame that he was so old when TV was invented, because the interviews that you can find with him sow someone who was witty and knew with the twinkle in his eye how to manipulate those around him to do his will. He was a character for sure. This was like reading my dad's autobiography - lots of pertinent facts left out, but an interesting read all the same!
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I haven't finished his book yet but I can tell you that so far I have enjoyed every bit of it. FLW will surprise you with his excellent memory, his wonderful descriptions, and his wit. You will get to know how and why he became such a wonderful architect. I do not understand people who think that FLW had a huge ego. This was simply a man who was brilliant in the area of combining architecture with nature. He knew what he wanted when it came to his designs but he was in no way unapproachable. While reading this book you will see the many talents that this man had and his simple way of looking at life.
FLW left behind a legacy for architects and anyone who appreciates good deign. If you are a FLW fan I would highly recommend reading this book.
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