Top 10 Books About Frank Lloyd Wright

Outside Takes on the Colorful Character and Creative Designs of FLW

Architects, critics, and fans have written extensively about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He is both adored and despised—sometimes by the same people. Listed here are a few of our favorite books. For biographies, facts about specific buildings, general FLW Websites and other resources, check out the links at the bottom of this page.

By William Allin Storrer, this hefty textbook has extensive descriptions, histories, 960 photographs, and hundreds of floor plans for everything Wright built in the United States. An older version has been available on CD-ROM.

Subtitled "A Complete Catalog," this compact paperback by William A. Storrer has facts and a black and white photo for every structure that Frank Lloyd Wright built, provided that it is still standing. Keep this handy book in your car and use it as a travel guide.

About one hundred of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings have been destroyed for various reasons. This little book by Carla Lind offers historic black-and-white photos of Wright's lost buildings, plus color photos of portions of the buildings that have been preserved. Combine this book with one of W.A. Storrer's (above) and you'll have the entire life work of Frank Lloyd Wright represented.

Dixie Legler's subtitled Houses and Gardens by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School has been on the top of the FLW booklist for nearly 20 years. With hundreds of illustrations, this book showcases the Prairie Style concept by examining both architecture and landscapes of this school of architecture.

Some critics have panned this biography by Brendan Gill, longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine. Nevertheless, Gill's book is entertaining, an easy read, and it includes fascinating quotes from Wright's autobiography and other sources. You might find the language more challenging, but in Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography you can read about the life of of the architect in his own words.

Biographer Meryle Secrest has a number of profiles under her name (more on, but none more respected and thoroughly researched than this 1998 biography published by the University Of Chicago Press.

Architect-writer Thomas A. Heinz presents this exhaustive and lavishly illustrated survey of Wright's buildings, covering nearly every structure Wright completed. 450 pages with color photos.

RE-Creating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. Author Carla Lind looks at the interior design of forty Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and sources for the furniture, rugs, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, textiles and accessories.

Anyone who is even the least bit familiar with architecture has heard of the eminent architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who tackled Wright's career late in her own career. Never mind that the book received mixed reviews; Huxtable deserves to be read as much as Wright deserves to be written about.

Loving Frank is Nancy Horan's controversial novel that tells the mostly true story of Frank Lloyd Wright's love life. You might not care about Wright's affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. But Horan's novel spins a fascinating tale and gives an interesting perspective on  Wright's genuis. The novel is available in various formats, because it's just that popular.