In the early 1900s polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal as renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a client's wife. Abandoning their families and reputations, the lovers fled to Europe and exile. Mamah's actions branded her an unnatural mother and society relished her persecution. For the rest of her ...
In the early 1900s polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal as renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a client's wife. Abandoning their families and reputations, the lovers fled to Europe and exile. Mamah's actions branded her an unnatural mother and society relished her persecution. For the rest of her life Mamah paid an extraordinary price for moving outside society's rules, in a time that was unforgiving of a woman's quest for fulfilment and personal happiness. Headstrong and honest, her love for Frank was unstoppable. This portrait of her life as his muse and soulmate is a moving, passionate and timeless love story.
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THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY INTERESTING BOOK REVIEWING A PART OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S LIFE. I WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS AND ALREADY HAVE DONE SO. YOU GET SO INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES THAT YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR A MINUTE.
Nov 5, 2009
The Unknown Frank Lloyd Wright
This was a fascinating book.... a real page turner.
The book describes an early part of Wright's life that the current Wright fans probably never knew about.
I couldn't put it down,
Jun 15, 2009
What I didn't know about Frank Lloyd Wright
This story presented many questions.
How fascinating could a man be for a woman to leave her children with a friend in another state who has just given birth while she takes off for an extended stay in Europe to be with her lover?
Why would you marry a man you are not in love with and then have two children by him?
How could you be friendly with a woman entering her home while you're having an affair with her husband?
Was this really about feminism as many have pointed out?
Was it the celebrity quality of Frank Lloyd Wright, his ego, or his talent or all three which fascinated so many women and drew them to him?
Why did Frank think people owed him?
The ending was a big surprise.
For those of us who hold Frank Lloyd Wright to be the icon of American architecture that he is, this was a personal look that I had no reference to before I read this book.
Jan 11, 2009
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a work of historical fiction set in the early 1900s that explores female roles in society and the feminist movement. Frank Lloyd Wright is an icon in arthitecture known for his unique vision of marrying nature and structure. His visionary ideals did not stop there and he threw society's mores to the wind by embarking on a love affair. Mamah Cheney joined Frank in leaving her family to explore their vision of love. This book paints a possible portrait of their transcontinental affair with romance, love and career. She gained opportunities to translate works in the feminist movement and became a bit of a female revolutionary herself. Nancy Horan wrote a thought-provoking book exploring the choices made by those who challenge the status quo and the consequences to both society and the individuals.
Sep 30, 2008
A Woman Torn
Mamah was a married woman with 2 children when her husband commissions Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them. Although her husband is reliable and considerate, he cannot compete with the excitement and genius of Wright. They soon embarked upon an affair that leads to the break up of two familes and an ending of tragic proportions. Well written and interesting tale of a passion that the participants thought was beyond their control but turned out to be bittersweet.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-26 Horan's ambitious first novel is a fictionalization of the life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, best known as the woman who wrecked Frank Lloyd Wright's first marriage. Despite the title, this is not a romance, but a portrayal of an independent, educated woman at odds with the restrictions of the early 20th century. Frank and Mamah, both married and with children, met when Mamah's husband, Edwin, commissioned Frank to design a house. Their affair became the stuff of headlines when they left their families to live and travel together, going first to Germany, where Mamah found rewarding work doing scholarly translations of Swedish feminist Ellen Key's books. Frank and Mamah eventually settled in Wisconsin, where they were hounded by a scandal-hungry press, with tragic repercussions. Horan puts considerable effort into recreating Frank's vibrant, overwhelming personality, but her primary interest is in Mamah, who pursued her intellectual interests and love for Frank at great personal cost. As is often the case when a life story is novelized, historical fact inconveniently intrudes: Mamah's life is cut short in the most unexpected and violent of ways, leaving the narrative to crawl toward a startlingly quiet conclusion. Nevertheless, this spirited novel brings Mamah the attention she deserves as an intellectual and feminist. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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