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Frank Lloyd Wright: The Architecture of Defiance

Author/EditorJonathan Adams (Author)
ISBN: 9781786839138
Pub Date15/09/2022
BindingHardback
Pages408
Dimensions (mm)2200(h) * 2450(w)
Many authors have recounted the extraordinary achievements and the turmoil of Frank Lloyd Wright's life, but this is the first study to provide a comprehensive explanation of his principles and motivations, and to trace them back to their roots in nineteenth-century Wales.
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The story of Frank Lloyd Wright's life is no less astounding than his greatest architectural works. He enmeshed himself eagerly in myth and hearsay, and revelled in the extravagance of his creative persona. It has often been said that he was ahead of his time, and it was he more than anyone else that calibrated the modern clock of architecture. Throughout his long career, Wright strongly resisted the suggestion that his accomplishments owed anything to earthly influences. As much as he wanted his achievements to be recognised, he wanted them to be unaccountable - but they are not. This book reveals for the first time how his unbreakable self-belief and startling creative defiance both originated in the liberal religious and philosophical attitudes woven into his personality during his childhood - deliberately so by his mother and by his many aunts and uncles, to honour the fierce Welsh radicalism of their ancestors.

The story of Frank Lloyd Wright's life is no less astounding than his greatest architectural works. He enmeshed himself eagerly in myth and hearsay, and revelled in the extravagance of his creative persona. It has often been said that he was ahead of his time, and it was he more than anyone else that calibrated the modern clock of architecture. Throughout his long career, Wright strongly resisted the suggestion that his accomplishments owed anything to earthly influences. As much as he wanted his achievements to be recognised, he wanted them to be unaccountable - but they are not. This book reveals for the first time how his unbreakable self-belief and startling creative defiance both originated in the liberal religious and philosophical attitudes woven into his personality during his childhood - deliberately so by his mother and by his many aunts and uncles, to honour the fierce Welsh radicalism of their ancestors.

Acknowledgements Family Tree: Significant Ancestors of Frank Lloyd Wright Timeline Introduction Part 1 The Church in the Wilderness Chapter 1 A Rural Enlightenment Chapter 2 Bards of Liberty Chapter 3 Remittance Part 2 Lloyd Jones Chapter 4 Lessons in the Land of the Free Chapter 5 The Valley Chapter 6 Anna had Chosen an Englishman Chapter 7 A Child's Garden Chapter 8 The Book of Creation Part 3 Lloyd Wright Chapter 9 The Grammar of Ornament Chapter 10 Simplicity and Repose Chapter 11 Spoiled First by Birth Chapter 12 Art and Craft of the Machine Chapter 13 The Protestant Chapter 14 The Shape-Shifter Chapter 15 The Genius Chapter 16 The Unitarian Chapter 17 The Welshman Bibliography Image Accreditation

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