Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture

Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture

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Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture: Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright demonstrates how American architects read literature and transformed abstract philosophy and literary form into physical substance. Furness, Sullivan, and Wright were inspired by such Transcendentalists as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, and attempted to embody the concepts of nature, American identity, and Universalism in their architecture. Notably, this book is the first attempt to concentrate on analyzing these architectsa€™ works from the perspective of Transcendentalism. This is also the first time that reproductions of Wrighta€™s copy of Leaves of Grass and several tape records of Wrighta€™s Sunday morning talks, both held in the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, have been published. Importantly, these Transcendentalist architectsa€™ philosophy has been influential in the development of contemporary environmental architects all over the world, including Paolo Soleri (an Italian-American) and Glenn Murcutt (an Australian), both of whom are discussed in the final chapter of this book.46 Sullivana#39;s Transcendentalist prose poem could not be understood because it was difficult for a general audience to see ... More profoundly, Siry asserts that a€œ Inspirationa€ was the first essay of Sullivana#39;s three major essays about architecturalanbsp;...

Title:Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture
Author:Naomi Tanabe Uechi
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2014-08-26


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