Books are one of the things we absolutely adore here at PrairieMod and over the years we've compiled quite a library of books and periodicals on the subjects of art, architecture, design, photography, etc. It's where we go to research the ideas of past thinkers in order to develop our PrairieMod Principles, which guide the "Art of Living in the Modern World." We've gotten a few recent emails alerting us to some soon to be published books to add to the ever expanding PrairieMod library.
The first is written by Henry Whiting titled At Nature's Edge: Frank Lloyd Wright's Artist Studio. It's a look at that beautiful architectural jewel in Idaho, Teater's Knoll. It was designed by Wright for Archie and Patricia Teater in the early 50's so that Archie could have a place to paint all of the beautiful scenery that inspired him. There was a previous book written about the small studio that has since become rare and expensive--so Mr. Whiting's new addition is going to be a welcome arrival! We look forward to seeing it when it is released and we'll follow up on it when it does.
Next we have what looks like it could be a macabre read, Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders by William R. Drennan. According to the publisher's website, the book takes a close look at:
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. Unaccountably, the details of that shocking crime have been largely ignored by Wright's legion of biographers-a historical and cultural gap that is finally addressed in William Drennan's exhaustively researched Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders.
We were worried this lurrid topic might mean this book was going to be along the lines of the suspect and sensationalized Fellowship novel from last year, but an endoresement from Craig Jacobsen of Taliesin Preservation Inc. gives us a little relief. Again, when it's released, we'll read it and get back to you on if it is splendid or spin.
Finally, there's a new book soon to be released that I'm really excited about. Louis Sullivan's Merchants National Bank by Bill Menner promises to be a exploration of one of the Lieber Meister's little jewel box banks that he designed at the end of his career. Located in Grinnell, Iowa, the Merchants bank was designed in 1914 and can still be seen and appreciated for its remarkable beauty.
We'll keep everyone updated on the releases of these and other books on the subjects we regularly discuss here at PrairieMod. If any of our readers have books they would like to suggest, just shoot us an email and we'll be happy to check it out!
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