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Introduction

Frank Lloyd Wright was a passionate reader throughout his life—not only of books on architecture and the arts, but of poetry, novels, history, biography, economics, philosophy, drama, and other genres.  This project is an attempt to compile all the surviving books he owned, which are scattered in various places, as well as the lost books that can be identified—and books Wright read, even if he didn't own them.  His "library" is defined here as the totality of these works.  Also included are groups of books that Wright probably had access to, during some period of his life, such as books belonging to Louis Sullivan.  The project aims to increase awareness of the importance of books to Wright, and to aid in the study of his life and the influences that shaped his thought and his works.

Paul V. Turner

From the left: E.-E. Viollet-le-Duc, Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture française... (10 volumes, 1854-68). Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1861). The Botanical Magazine, or Flower-Garden Displayed, vol. XI (1797), plate 250. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906). Cicero, Dialogi tres de oratore (1746), with Wright's father's signature. Carl Sandburg, Rootabaga Stories (1923), with Sandburg's inscription to Wright. Germain Boffrand, Livre d'architecture... (1745). Walt Whitman, November Boughs (1888). All are in the book collections at Taliesin West.