Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect

Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect

by Frances A. Davis
     
 

In 'Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect, ' Frances A. Davis tells the story of a brilliant architect sometimes difficult, sometimes controversial, but always dedicated to finding new ways to share his vision with the world. See more details below

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In 'Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect, ' Frances A. Davis tells the story of a brilliant architect sometimes difficult, sometimes controversial, but always dedicated to finding new ways to share his vision with the world.

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Children's Literature - Catherine Petrini
A house built on top of a waterfall. A church shaped like the prow of a ship. An office interior supported by a forest of mushroom-shaped columns. Frank Lloyd Wright set out to create a uniquely American form of architecture, one based on simplicity, utility, natural materials, and harmony with the landscape. This well-researched biography follows the trailblazing architect from his birth in 1867 through his death in 1959. Wright could be a difficult and egotistical man. Author Frances Davis doesn't flinch from relating the negatives as well as the positives, but she never passes judgment. She's at her best when describing Wright's work. Her love and knowledge of architecture shine through, and photographs and drawings help illuminate Wright's ideas. For a biography aimed at children, the text has an air of rushing through Wright's childhood. Young readers might have appreciated more details of his early life. Still, they'll find this an intriguing introduction to one of the most innovative and influential of all American architects.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-After an introductory discussion of Fallingwater, Wright's masterpiece, Davis's account proceeds chronologically. The author races through the subject's life at breakneck speed, throwing out names, dates, and places with little analysis, reflection, or evaluation. As a result, the narrative is often confusing, and it's impossible to determine what information is truly important or meaningful. Davis never discusses Wright's lasting influence or even why he is worth reading about. She also fails to place him in the context of his times. The number of factual errors is embarrassing, and the omissions are puzzling (particularly given some of the items that are included). Average-quality, black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. Yona McDonough's Frank Lloyd Wright (Chelsea, 1992) suffers from pedestrian writing but is adequate. Susan Rubin's book (Abrams, 1994) is the best of the lot. Physically gorgeous, it is also captivating and thoroughly covers the major events of the man's life.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822549536
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Lerner Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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