Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship

Myron A. Marty & Shirley L. Marty

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This book tells the story of the Taliesin Fellowship created by Frank and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright in 1932. The Fellowship’s origins and milestones in its history are documented here, as well as the dynamics that shaped its progress, its character, and its story.

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This book tells the story of the Taliesin Fellowship created by Frank and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright in 1932. Many of the storytellers worked side by side with Wright, who died in 1959, and almost all of them lived and worked with Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, who survived her husband by 26 years. The Taliesin fellows are joined by other storytellers who have been their partners in recent years and who know the Fellowship well.

The Fellowship’s origins and milestones in its history are documented here, as well as the dynamics that shaped its progress, its character, and its story. Readers will gain fresh and provocative insights into the genius and mystique of the Fellowship’s creators and an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing productivity, particularly in the last decade of his life. These stories will debunk some of the common caricatures that are a part of his legacy

Contents

Illustrations
Introduction
Persons Interviewed

Taliesin:
“The Whole Gamut of Human Experience”

Coming to Taliesin:
“A Place Designed for the Soul”

Working:
“The Place Is Magic”

Mrs. Wright:
“Such a Remarkable Person”

The Fellowship:
“An Extraordinary Way of Life”

The Arts:
“Creativity Is of the Soul”

The School, the Archives, the Firm:
Taliesin is Their Wellspring”

Looking Back:
“A Satisfying Life”

Transitions:
“The Fellowship Continues . . . Times Change”

New Players:
“Servants of Their Vision”

The Fourth Challenge:
“It Will Take Dedicated People”

Afterword
Appendix A Milestones in the Lives of Frank and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
Appendix B Locations of Buildings, Rooms, and Other Physical Resources
Bibliography
Index

Authors

Myron Marty is the Ann G. and Sigurd E. Anderson University Professor at Drake University, where he teaches American history. He and Shirley Marty, a freelance editor, lived at Taliesin West for four weeks in 1994; he taught a seminar on communal societies in American history in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and she volunteered in the archives and library. In 1996 they were in residence at Spring Green, where Myron taught a two-week seminar on Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Jefferson, and Shirley assisted in the administrative office of the School of Architecture and other volunteer activities. During these residences and a number of shorter visits, the Martys participated fully in Fellowship life.

Reviews

Though but a glimpse into some of the facets and harmonics that underlie the Taliesin Fellowship, this volume represents a solid installment of the “stories that have yet to be told.”

Journal of the Taliesin Fellows

The book is a fascinating tale of the Taliesin Fellowship including milestones in its history and dynamics that have shaped its progress and character.

Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly

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