Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Photo of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson



“Hendrickson has designed a vast, sweeping book, one that, along the way, corrects some of the canards told by Wright himself. . . In his hands Wright’s life emerges with new clarity as a Shakespearean scale drama. . . Hendrickson makes it impossible to leave this book without a bigger thought about structures and the dramas that play out within them: that creating a building can be an act of love but also of risk—more for some than for others.” — John Freeman, The Wall Street Journal 

“Art history, in general, is often infected with one of two diametrically opposed ailments: an obsession with an artist or architect’s biography, or a willful ignorance. . . Hendrickson’s background in journalism is what makes Plagued by Fire such a wonderful addition to our understanding of Wright. . .  [The book] is not seeking to validate the field of art history or Modern art. While Hendrickson clearly appreciates the architect and his work, Wright is not above his critical examination.” — Chris Naffziger, St. Louis Magazine
“Hendrickson’s focus is on the all-too-often overlooked evidence of Wright’s own vulnerabilities, so the book’s most moving passages come from fresh insights from the architect’s archives. . . Plagued by Fire aims not to examine the work of an architect but rather to render the architect with human character. ” — John Gendall, Architectural Digest

“The contradictory Wright who emerges, both hateful and human, is probably the truest portrait of the man we have yet.” Marcus Field, Evening Standard