Frank Lloyd Wright Research Guide: Wright & His Circle


The resources below are a selective list based on scholarly and authoritative content. For a complete list please search the Columbia University Libraries catalog.


An autobiography / Frank Lloyd Wright. 1st ed. London ; New York : Longman's, Green and Company, 1932.
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Building Taliesin : Frank Lloyd Wright's home of love and loss / Ron McCrea. Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.
Through letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a stunning assemblage of photographs - many of which have never before been published the fascinating story of the building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin is told. Built for Mamah Borthwick who abandoned her family to be with Wright, the shocking murder and fire that took place at Taliesin in August 1914 brought this first phase of life at Taliesin to a tragic end.

Death in a prairie house : Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin murders / William R. Drennan. Madison : Terrace Books, c2007.
The most pivotal and yet least understood event of Frank Lloyd Wright's celebrated life involves the brutal murders in 1914 of seven adults and children dear to the architect and the destruction by fire of Taliesin, his landmark residence, near Spring Green, Wisconsin.
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Frank Lloyd Wright : a bio-bibliography / Donald Langmead. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
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Frank Lloyd Wright, a biography. New York, Scribner [1961].
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Frank Lloyd Wright; an interpretive biography /Robert C. Twombly. [1st ed.] New York, Harper & Row [1973].
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Frank Lloyd Wright: his life, his work, his words. New York, Horizon Press [1966].
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My father who is on earth / John Lloyd Wright. New ed. / including comments, responses, and documents by Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lloyd Wright ; edited and with an introduction by Narciso G. Menocal ; postscript by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.
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Frank Lloyd Wright : an index to the Taliesin correspondence / edited with an introduction by Anthony Alofsin. New York : Garland Pub., 1988.
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Frank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford : thirty years of correspondence / Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Robert Wojtowicz, editors. 1st ed. New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2001.
Frank Lloyd Wright and Lewis Mumford, two pivotal figures in 20th-century American architecture and letters, were both passionate writers, keenly aware of world events. Their 160 letters from 1926-1958 covered a wide range of topics, including Wright's position on the history of American architecture and contemporary practice, their friends and rivals, the invention and spread of the International Style, and political events in Europe and the United States.
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Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim correspondence / selected and with commentary by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. [Fresno] : Press at California State University, Fresno ; Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1986.
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Letters to apprentices / Frank Lloyd Wright ; selected and with commentary by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Fresno, Calif. : Press at California State University, Fresno, c1982.
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Letters to architects / Frank Lloyd Wright ; selected and with commentary by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Fresno, Calif. : Press at California State University, Fresno, c1984.
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Letters to clients / Frank Lloyd Wright ; selected and with commentary by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Fresno, Calif. : Press at California State University, Fresno, c1986.
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About Wright : an album of recollections by those who knew Frank Lloyd Wright / Edgar Tafel. New York : Wiley, c1993.
About Wright offers a uniquely intimate look into the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, his philosophy, his oeuvre and his wide-ranging and often complex family and professional relationships. It includes personal correspondences, anecdotes, and interviews with some of Wright's clients, students, apprentices, and family members.
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Building with Frank Lloyd Wright : an illustrated memoir / by Herbert Jacobs with Katherine Jacobs. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1986], c1978.
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Communities of Frank Lloyd Wright : Taliesin and beyond / Myron A. Marty. DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, c2009.
Despite the numerous studies of Frank Lloyd Wright's life and architecture, little has been published about his life in relation to the communities that dominated his life. Wright, a fervent believer in individualism and an ardent advocate of democracy, worked in communities throughout his career of more than six decades.
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The Fellowship : the untold story of Frank Lloyd Wright & the Taliesin Fellowship / Roger Friedland & Harold Zellman. 1st ed. New York : Regan Books, c2006.
Talisin 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, while using them as the de facto architectural practice where all of his late masterpieces  were born.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship / Myron A. Marty, Shirley L. Marty. Kirksville, Mo. : Truman State University Press, c1999.
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Reflections from the shining brow : my years with Frank Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Lazovich / Kamal Amin. Santa Barbara : Fithian Press, 2004.
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Taliesin diary : a year with Frank Lloyd Wright / Priscilla J. Henken ; photographs: David T. Henken ; editor: Sarah A Leavitt ; consulting editor: Elissa R. Henken. First edition. New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.
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A Taliesin legacy : the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentices / Tobias S. Guggenheimer. New York, N.Y. : Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995.
Traces the careers of dozens of architects who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Wisconsin and Arizona campuses of Taliesin. Includes such internationally famous architects as E. Fay Jones, John Lautner, and Paolo Solari.
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Taliesin reflections : my years before, during and after living with Frank Lloyd Wright and various contacts with other people and places / Earl Nisbet. Petaluma, Calif. : Meridian Press, c 2006.
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Working with Mr. Wright : what it was like / Curtis Besinger. Cambridge [England] : New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Based on letters written by the author during his two stints at the Fellowship, from 1939 to 1955, he  provides a lively account of daily life in the community of architects established by Wright at its two locations, in Wisconsin and Arizona.
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Years with Frank Lloyd Wright : apprentice to genius / Edgar Tafel. New York : Dover Publications, 1985, c1979.
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