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Top 11 Books About Frank Lloyd Wright


Architects, critics and fans have written extensively about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Listed here are a few of our favorite books. For biographies, facts about specific buildings, general FLW web sites and other resources, use the index link at the bottom of this page.

1. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Subtitled "A Complete Catalog." This is compact paperback by W.A. Storrer has facts and a black and white photo for every structure that Frank Lloyd Wright built, provided that it is still standing. Keep this handy book in your car and use it as a travel guide.

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2. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

Also by W.A. Storrer, this hefty, more expensive volume has extensive descriptions, histories, 960 photographs, and hundreds of floor plans for everything Wright built in the United States. Also available on CD-ROM.

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3. Lost Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright's Vanished Masterpieces

About one hundred of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings have been destroyed for various reasons. This little book by Carla Lind offers historic black-and-white photos of Wright's lost buildings, plus color photos of portions of the buildings that have been preserved. Combine this book with one of W.A. Storrer's (above) and you'll have the entire life work of Frank Lloyd Wright represented.

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4. Prairie Style

With 225 illustrations, this book showcases houses and gardens designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other Prairie School architects.

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5. Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright

Some critics have panned this biography by Brendan Gill, but the book is entertaining and it includes fascinating quotes from Wright's autobiography and other sources.

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6. Frank Lloyd Wright, an Autobiography

You might find the language more challenging than Brendan Gill's, but here you can read about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in his own words.

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7. The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect-writer Thomas A. Heinz presents this exhaustive and lavishly illustrated survey of Wright's buildings, covering nearly every structure Wright completed. 450 pages with color photos.

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8. The Wright Space : Pattern & Meaning in Frank Lloyd Wright's Houses

Using detailed 3D diagrams, author Grant Hildebrand puts you inside a selection of Frank Lloyd Wright spaces and discusses the concepts of Wright's designs.

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9. Wright Style

RE-Creating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. Author Carla Lind looks at the interior design of forty Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and sources for the furniture, rugs, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, textiles and accessories.

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10. Frank Lloyd Wright in Pop-Up

Not just for kids, this detailed popup book has sophisticated paper models of six important FLW buildings: The Robie House in Chicago, the Charles Ennis House, Fallingwater, the Johnson's Wax administrative building and research tower, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art.

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11. Loving Frank

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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Loving Frank is Nancy Horan's controversial novel that tells the mostly true story of Frank Lloyd Wright's love life. You might not care about Wright's affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. But Horan's novel spins a fascinating tale and gives an interesting perspective on  Wright's genuis.

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