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Working with Mr. Wright

Working with Mr. Wright
What It Was Like

  • Date Published: May 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2004
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587143

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  • Working with Mr Wright. is a personal recollection by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's former apprentices of his years at the Taliesin Fellowship. Curtis Besinger provides a lively account of daily life in this community of architects established by Wright in Wisconsin and Arizona. An apprenticeship with the Fellowship entailed architectural tasks, such as drafting, designing, and overseeing projects, including the actual building of Taliesin West; as well as humbler assignments - from milking the cows to harvesting wheat - related to maintaining the farm that surrounds the Fellowship in Wisconsin. The social life of the Fellowship, filled with music and film, and planned in detail by Wright himself, is also recounted with wit and humor. Through these engaging recollections, illustrated with photographs, plans, and drawings made during Besinger's years at the Fellowship, Wright's eccentric personality, his working practices, and his unique creative vision emerge, along with a host of personalities who contributed to the unique Taliesin experience.

    • Insider's view of working closely with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship
    • Covers Frank Lloyd Wright's most productive period - 1939 to 1955
    • Also recounts the social atmosphere of the Fellowship
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    • Date Published: May 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587143
    • length: 335 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 204 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 110 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2004
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Foreword James F. O'Gorman
    Introduction
    1. Summer 1939 - visit to Taliesin
    2. Fall 1939
    3. Construction of Mr. and Mrs. Wright's quarters
    4. The Los Angeles trip
    5. Migration to Wisconsin - 1940
    6. Summer 1940
    7. Movies
    8. Summer and fall 1940 - work in the drafting room
    9. The war in Europe
    10. The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
    11. Winter in Arizona 1940–1941
    12. Spring 1941
    13. The fellowship and the draft
    14. Spring, summer, early fall, 1941, in Kansas city
    15. Winter 1941–1942, spring 1942
    16. Music
    17. Spring and summer 1942
    18. Winter 1942–1943
    19. Spring and summer 1943
    20. Interlude 1943–1946 and 'work of national importance'
    21. Summer 1946
    22. Winter 1946–1947
    23. Spring and summer 1947
    24. Winter 1947–1948
    25. Summer 1948
    26. Winter 1948–1949
    27. Summer 1949
    28. Winter 1949–1950
    29. Summer 1950
    30. Winter 1950–1951
    31. Summer 1951
    Winter 1951–1952
    32. Summer 1952
    33. Winter 1952–1953
    34. Summer 1953
    35. Winter 1953–1954
    36. Summer 1954
    37. Winter 1954–1955
    38. Summer 1955
    Notes
    Personae
    Sources
    Appendix.

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    Curtis Besinger, University of Kansas

    Foreword

    James F. O'Gorman

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