Art: Usonian Evolution

Up to last week, the only comprehensive book on the life work of the most famed living U.S. architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, has been a monumental, professorial volume written more than 30 years ago in German (Frank Lloyd Wright, ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe, by Kuno Francke; Berlin; 1910). Last week the U.S. got its first thorough native survey of Architect Wright's restless, productive development.

The survey (In the Nature of Materials; Duell, Sloan & Pearce; $5) is by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, a red-bearded Wesleyan University professor of art and architecture, who culled most of...

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