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Author: Ada Louise Huxtable Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781415907726
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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Ada Louise Huxtable's biography of America's greatest architect Renowned architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable's biography Frank Lloyd Wright looks at the architect and the man, from his tumultuous personal life to his long career as a master builder. Along the way she introduces Wright's masterpieces--from the tranquil Fallingwater to Taliesin, rebuilt after tragedy and murder--not only exploring the mind of the man who drew the blueprints but also delving into the very heart of the medium, which he changed forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wright[s]…cinematic, brilliant life makes for incredibly rich reading. Huxtable skillfully weaves together the tales of Wright as a seductive, obsessive young architect in booming late-nineteenth-century Chicago, where he rubbed shoulders with Jane Addams and Daniel Burnham; his scandalous personal behavior and indifference to his small children (he apparently loathed the sound of the word ‘papa’); and the debts, broken relationships, tragedy and lasting acclaim that followed.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Offers a fresh perspective on Frank Lloyd Wright’s much scrutinized yet still surprising life….thus renewing appreciation for a wildly unconventional but essential architect.”

    Booklist

  • “The fascinating life and work of the great American architect gets a stimulating, well-balanced treatment…[that] pairs a critique of Wright’s architecture with an engaging narrative of his scandalous private life, including his abandonment of his first family, the murder of a mistress and her children by a deranged servant, and other tempestuous relationships with artistic, high-strung women…She is clearly a big fan…With its dollop of sizzle, this fluently written biography will provoke renewed interest in Wright’s architecture among general readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Notable Book

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/7/2014

    " Excellent biography of FLW. Well written, well organized, and interesting insight into the legend and person FLW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 9/23/2013

    " short biography of FLW, focusing more on his work than his life. very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randee | 8/23/2013

    " In fairness, I was looking for more insight into Frank Lloyd Wright the man. This focused more heavily on the architecture so I am sure it was a far better read for those who wanted those details. Another genius only a mother...and several odd women...could love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 8/6/2013

    " I read this book after visiting Taliesin in Wisconsin. Frank Lloyd Wright always seemed to be at the center of controversy, but he was a very creative and groundbreaking architect who constantly pushed the boundaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 5/19/2013

    " Good overview of Wright's life and his work. It was easy to read and interesting even if you're not heavily into architecture. Gives a good insight into the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/20/2012

    " Not too much that is new in Huxtable's version, this is nonetheless a great, well-written synopsis of Wright's career (scandals included). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2012

    " Read about half of this over my last school break and then had no time to finish. Good overview of the life of Wright, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 5/17/2012

    " The author researched Frank Lloyd Wrights' life in depth making it a very interesting biography. A bibliography, footnotes, or an index would make a great addition as well as more photographs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2012

    " Very superficial and generally uninteresting. Just started a better one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/13/2012

    " As an inveterate architecture junkie, this was overdue. It was well-paced, thought provoking and informing. I rarely get all of that in a biography. FLW is just one of a kind though, even as a biographical subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/13/2011

    " Good short bio -- not enough pictures -- but plenty of interesting detail for non-architecture obsessed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 7/4/2011

    " Short, well written, and sensical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 5/21/2011

    " The book was too technical to hold my interest. It read like a boring documentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/8/2010

    " A near perfect account of the architect's life written by a devoted follower. Concise. Short. Seamless. Another great Penguin Lives addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 5/12/2010

    " They will be writing about Wright well after us. Ada's book stands tall on its own legs in the crush of available publications. Her book will diminish with time, as do all, though it is still one of the ones to read. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/5/2010

    " Read about half of this over my last school break and then had no time to finish. Good overview of the life of Wright, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 1/7/2010

    " The author researched Frank Lloyd Wrights' life in depth making it a very interesting biography. A bibliography, footnotes, or an index would make a great addition as well as more photographs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 12/27/2009

    " The book was too technical to hold my interest. It read like a boring documentary.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/11/2009

    " Very superficial and generally uninteresting. Just started a better one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 8/12/2009

    " was good. not as fast a read as I would've thought given its diminutive size. my main criteria for good biography is that the author doesn't just present the person, but make the person "real" and "alive" to me. so, success! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/24/2009

    " A near perfect account of the architect's life written by a devoted follower. Concise. Short. Seamless. Another great Penguin Lives addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 4/16/2008

    " They will be writing about Wright well after us. Ada's book stands tall on its own legs in the crush of available publications. Her book will diminish with time, as do all, though it is still one of the ones to read. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/3/2008

    " Excellent biography of FLW. Well written, well organized, and interesting insight into the legend and person FLW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/25/2007

    " Not too much that is new in Huxtable's version, this is nonetheless a great, well-written synopsis of Wright's career (scandals included). "

About the Author

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013) was an architecture critic and writer on architecture. In 1970 she was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She was the author of more than ten books on architecture.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.