Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture: Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright

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"Reading buildings as texts is often the domain of the architectural historian, archaeologist, or semiotician. Connecting modernist movements in architecture to the literary world of Thoreau, Emerson, and other transcendentalists, Naomi Uechi's expertise as a literary critic brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of the built environment - and the world of these literary artists." - Gregory Hansen, Arkansas State University "Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture represents more than a decade's labor of love on the works and thought of Frank Lloyd Wright. With many original photographs of Wright's buildings and architectural details, Dr Uechi has crafted a volume rich with insights for scholars of architecture and literature alike. Evolving Transcendentalism will be of interest not only to Wright specialists, but to scholars working on Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, and environmental architecture as well." - Lori Branch, University of Iowa

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Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture: Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright demonstrates how American architects read literature and transformed abstract philosophy and literary form into physical substance. Furness, Sullivan, and Wright were inspired by such Transcendentalists as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, and attempted to embody the concepts of nature, American identity, and Universalism in their architecture. Notably, this book is the first attempt to concentrate on analyzing these architects' works from the perspective of Transcendentalism. This is also the first time that reproductions of Wright's copy of Leaves of Grass and several tape records of Wright's Sunday morning talks, both held in the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, have been published. Importantly, these Transcendentalist architects' philosophy has been influential in the development of contemporary environmental architects all over the world, including Paolo Soleri (an Italian-American) and Glenn Murcutt (an Australian), both of whom are discussed in the final chapter of this book.

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