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Plagued by Fire

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Plagued by Fire by Paul Hendrickson
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Sep 22, 2020 | ISBN 9780804172882

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“A vast, sweeping book. . . . Wright’s life emerges with new clarity as a Shakespearean scale drama.” The Wall Street Journal

“Important, revelatory. . . . Hendrickson employs tremendously rigorous research to interrogate the myths that hang around his larger-than-life subject.” The Washington Post

“Hendrickson’s style is Faulknerian in its sweep, lyricism and detail.” The Seattle Times

“A whole new way of seeing an American icon.” The National Book Review

“Hendrickson is one of our great stylists.” The Boston Globe

“A wonderful addition to our understanding of Wright.” St. Louis Magazine

“The book’s most moving passages come from fresh insights from the architect’s archives. . . . Plagued by Fire aims not to examine the work of an architect but rather to render the architect with human character.” Architectural Digest

“The contradictory Wright who emerges, both hateful and human, is probably the truest portrait of the man we have yet.” Evening Standard

 “Compelling. . . . Hendrickson gives us a sense of how the single-mindedness, drive, and sensibility that informed and enabled Wright’s work also affected his life.” Architect Magazine

“Dazzling. . . .  Ingenious. . . . Plagued by Fire has . . . raw emotional power.” The American Scholar

“Beautifully written. . . . Absolutely riveting.” —Literary Hub

“Attempts to shed new light on the architect. . . . [Hendrickson’s] book is not a straight biography. . . . Instead, he looks at the cracks in the facade (the sometimes insufferable Wright persona), reexamining the history, questioning it.” —Common Edge

“As [Hendrickson] travels the arc of Wright’s life, his investigation into its deepest mysteries achieves a powerful momentum. . . . Hendrickson’s inspired storytelling is worthy of its subject.”Booklist (starred review)

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