The Autobiography of an Idea
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Thefamous American architect'sfascinating look at the early years of his pioneering work, which led to his beingcalled the "father of the skyscraper."Includes a wealth of projects, insights, and evaluations, as well as 34 plates. An essential tool in gaining an understanding of the roots of modern American architecture....more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 22nd 2009 by Dover Publications (first published June 1st 1956)
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I really don't know anything about architecture. I saw this book laying on my boyfriend's bookshelf (the poor book was in awful condition because the man reads it so much). I thought about the trip to Chicago he and I took in 2009 and how we visited Louis Sullivan's grave. I knew it meant a lot to him, but it meant almost nothing to me. So, to learn more about my other half's inspiration, I decided to read The Autobiography of an Idea.

It is Mr. Sullivan's autobiography, but it's written in the 3

Nov 25, 2007 Erika rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: all artists
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Loius Sullivan's descriptions of spending time as a young boy exploring the wilderness around his grandparent's rural farm are unbelievable. I lost it around the second-to-last chapter in this book, where Sullivan starts waxing poetic and listing major metaphors for his simple concepts.
What can I say? He write his autobiography in the third person...
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