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Communities of Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin and Beyond
- Narrated by: Thomas D. Hand
- Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
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Despite the numerous studies of Frank Lloyd Wright's life and architecture, little has been published about his life in relation to the communities that dominated his life. These communities, which he led with unquestioned authority, made possible his extraordinary productivity.
He formed incidental communities wherever his work took him, including Europe, Japan, California, and Arizona, while maintaining his base at Taliesin, his home near Spring Green, Wisconsin.
In 1932, after years of hardship, Wright and his third wife, Olgivanna, founded the Taliesin Fellowship, a community of apprentices and assistants. Five years later the Fellowship began to spend winters at Taliesin West, a camp he designed in Scottsdale, Arizona. When Wright died in 1959, his widow became the Fellowship's unchallenged leader, and she remained so until her death 26 years later.
Mart's groundbreaking work is neither a biography of Wright nor a study of his architecture; rather, it is the story of his life in communities, particularly the Taliesin Fellowship. This study will be of interest to Wright scholars and enthusiasts, architects, architectural historians, and architecture students.
The book is published by Northern Illinois University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.
"An essential book on the thought and action of Frank Lloyd Wright through his relationship to communities." (Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson, architect, and former apprentice)
“Marty offers insights into the public and private life of Wright that have not been previously revealed.” (H. Roger Grant, Clemson University)
"A detailed account of one of America's least understood and most significant examples of a true live/work, cultural/educational community." (Vernon Swaback, 20-year member of the Taliesin Fellowship and former Chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)