The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship

By Roger Friedland, Harold Zellman

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Drawing on hundreds of new and unpublished interviews and countless unseen documents from the Wright archives, The Fellowship is an unforgettable story of genius and ego, sex and violence, mysticism and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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"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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Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish date 10/01/2007
Pages 689
ISBN-13 9780060988661
ISBN-10 0060988665
Language English

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