From Frank Lloyd Wright: Collected Writings, Volume 2 From Two Lectures on Architecture: Young man in architecture, wherever you are, whatever your age, or whatever our job, we-- the youth of America-- should be the psychological shock-troops thrown into action against corruption of this supreme American ideal. It will be for youth, in this sense, to win the day for freedom in architecture. To the young man in architecture, the word radical should be a beautiful word. Radical means of the root or to the root-- begins at the beginning and the word stands up straight. Any architect should be radical by nature because it is not enough for him to begin where others have left off. From An Autobiography: A house of the North. The whole was low, wide and snug, a broad shelter seeking fellowship with its surroundings. A house that could open to the breezes of summer and become like an open camp if need be. With Spring came music on the roofs for there were few dead spaces overhead, and the broad eaves so sheltered the windows that they were safely left open to the sweeping, soft air of the rain. Taliesin was grateful for care. Took what grooming it got and repaid it all with interest. Taliesin's order was such that when all was clean and in place its countenance beamed, wore a happy smile of well-being and welcome for all. It was intensely human, I believe.
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In any collected writings of an artist, one must include a very big "bad" with little "goods." In this book, the second of a projected six-volume set (for a review of the first volume, see LJ 9/1/92), the big "bad" is Wright's autobiography, which takes up two-thirds of the book. First published in 1932, this rambling, poorly told, sometimes barely coherent life history has not improved with time. It is surprising that Wright, who wrote forcefully yet lyrically, would record his life in such a dull, self-indulgent manner. Yet this volume is redeemed by the little "goods": the lectures Wright delivered in 1931 at Princeton University and the Art Institute of Chicago. These show Wright at his best, and they aptly summarize thoughts derived from three decades of conscious deliberations as an architectural philosopher and prophet. Recommended for architectural libraries. For more on Wright, see the review of Kathryn Smith's FLW , p. 164.--Ed.
- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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