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Frank Lloyd Wright was renowned during his life not only as an architectural genius but also as a subject of controversy--from his radical design innovations to his turbulent private life, including a notorious mass murder that occurred at his Wisconsin estate, Taliesin, in 1914. But the estate also gave rise to one of the most fascinating and provocative experiments in American cultural history: the Taliesin Fellowship, an extraordinary architectural colony where Wright trained hundreds of devoted apprentices and where all of his late masterpieces--Fallingwater, Johnson Wax, the Guggenheim Museum--were born.

Drawing on hundreds of new and unpublished interviews and countless unseen documents from the Wright archives, The Fellowship is an unforgettable story of genius and ego, sex and violence, mysticism and utopianism. Epic in scope yet intimate in its detail, it is a stunning true account of how an idealistic community devolved into a kind of fiefdom where young apprentices were both inspired and manipulated, often at a staggering personal cost, by the architect and his imperious wife, Olgivanna Hinzenberg, along with her spiritual master, the legendary Greek-Armenian mystic Georgi Gurdjieff. A magisterial work of biography, it will forever change how we think about Frank Lloyd Wright and his world.

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Few architects have gained the level of professional achievement and popular notoriety of Frank Lloyd Wright, who's as famed for his bullheadedness, abuse of underlings, condescension to his clients and his numerous wives as he is for his indisputable masterpieces of American architecture. In their biography, Friedland and Zellman skim over the typical historiography and gleefully delve into Wright's secrets and scandals, focusing on the cultish atmosphere, the mystical teachings and especially, the sexual indiscretions at Taliesin, his studio-commune where he commanded a near-messianic following. There are no major revelations, but the narrative is riveting, endowing its historical characters with all the drama of contemporary tabloid celebrities. However, heavy reliance on the dusty and probably skewed memories of interviewees produces some anecdotes that sound more like exaggerated cocktail gossip than historic fact. Occasionally, the authors use awkward psychoanalysis to account for Wright's architectural practices, such as interpreting his prairie houses' lack of basements or attics as an attempt to erase the painful memories he suffered in those spaces as a child. While the book may appeal to those more curious about the man than his achievements, readers may find the focus on all the indiscretions at Taliesin underwhelming. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Compelling." -- Kirkus Reviews "[A] blockbuster.packed [with] plenty of sex and surprises. .This book has a lot of news." -- Capital Times "Authoritative and eminently readable.uncover[s] the sometimes strange, sometimes scandalous, always tumultuous atmosphere in which Wright created his pioneering designs." -- Robert C. Twombly, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture "Fascinating.good history. And a ripping read." -- Architect's Newspaper Compelling. --Kirkus Reviews "First to treat the Taliesin Fellowship as a whole -- its origin, its workings and its inner life."--Wall Street Journal "[A] blockbuster...packed [with] plenty of sex and surprises. ...This book has a lot of news."--Capital Times "The Fellowship both fascinates and infuriates. You can't top the material for richness: genius, sex, spirituality, madness, money, mania."--USA Today "Authoritative and eminently readable...uncover[s] the sometimes strange, sometimes scandalous, always tumultuous atmosphere in which Wright created his pioneering designs."--Robert C. Twombly, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture "A mesmerizing account of the drama that compelled the great architect...to greater accomplishments...and the cost of that success."--Ken Burns, award-winning director of The Civil War, Jazz, and Frank Lloyd Wright "Just when you thought there was nothing new to be learned about the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a massive, gossipy and yet compulsively readable new book proves you wrong. . . .Friedland and Zellman break new ground with dozens of firsthand interviews that illuminate the crucial role of the apprentices--and of his regl last wife, Olgivanna--in shaping the second half of the architect's storied and controversial career."--Chicago Sun-Times "This book replaces Wright the demigod with Wright the man...[A] new--and truer--picture of Frank Lloyd Wright."--Alan Hess, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses "An extraordinary and disquieting tale...that captures the strange, shadowy and all-too-human world that can gather around genius."--Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of de Kooning "Fascinating...good history. And a ripping read."--Architect's Newspaper "Sheds light on the forgotten men and women who played so important a role in bringing...[Wright's] conceptions to reality."--Franklin Toker, author of Fallingwater Rising "Compelling."--Kirkus Reviews Compelling. --Kirkus Reviews" The Fellowship both fascinates and infuriates. You can t top the material for richness: genius, sex, spirituality, madness, money, mania. --USA Today" [A] blockbuster packed [with] plenty of sex and surprises. This book has a lot of news. --Capital Times" A mesmerizing account of the drama that compelled the great architect to greater accomplishments and the cost of that success. --Ken Burns, award-winning director of The Civil War, Jazz, and Frank Lloyd Wright" Authoritative and eminently readable uncover[s] the sometimes strange, sometimes scandalous, always tumultuous atmosphere in which Wright created his pioneering designs. --Robert C. Twombly, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture" Sheds light on the forgotten men and women who played so important a role in bringing [Wright s] conceptions to reality. --Franklin Toker, author of Fallingwater Rising" Fascinating good history. And a ripping read. --Architect's Newspaper" An extraordinary and disquieting tale...that captures the strange, shadowy and all-too-human world that can gather around genius. --Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of de Kooning" First to treat the Taliesin Fellowship as a whole its origin, its workings and its inner life. --Wall Street Journal" This book replaces Wright the demigod with Wright the man [A] new and truer picture of Frank Lloyd Wright. --Alan Hess, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses" Just when you thought there was nothing new to be learned about the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a massive, gossipy and yet compulsively readable new book proves you wrong. . . .Friedland and Zellman break new ground with dozens of firsthand interviews that illuminate the crucial role of the apprentices and of his regl last wife, Olgivanna in shaping the second half of the architect s storied and controversial career. --Chicago Sun-Times"

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