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Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work
In this fascinating portrait of Louis Sullivan (1856-1924), Robert Twombly documents both the great architect's aesthetic development and his lifelong personal and professional obsessions. Twombly charts Sullivan's single-minded pursuit of a new architectural style, his rapid rise to professional prestige and public acclaim, and his tragic decline into bankruptcy and ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published September 26th 1999 by University of Chicago Press
(first published February 1986)
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The best of the Sullivan biographies, Twombley has no axe to grind. Like his protege Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan was obtuse and evasive about his own life; Sullivan's autobiography is a dense, fragmentary and less than rewarding read. Twombley, on the other hand, has the advantage of being a social historian, more distant from the art and architectural historians who have given us more theory than insight.