Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman

I bought this at Taliesin (Spring Green) when I was visiting. I’ve always admired FLW’s architecture and have seen his house in Oak Park several times. Taliesin is really worth visiting, and I love the whole southern Wisconsin thing.

FLW had a fascinating life. There were multiples marriages, murder, relationships with people like Zona Gale, a third wife a devotee of Gurdjieff, and a son-in-law who married Svetlana Alliluyeva (Stalin’s daughter). His co-workers would sneak into the studio at night to try and make the buildings structurally sound. I don’t think you could make any of it up if you tried. But in the end there really is some astonishing architecture.

Of course, this sounds like an ode to FLW rather than a description of the book. I found the book well written, readable, and highly informative on the subject. If you are interested in FLW you could do much much worse than read this.