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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Louis Henry Sullivan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: September 13, 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: April 11, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Louis Henry Sullivan on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Architect and author worked in Chicago 1895-1924, where he died.

Biographical and Professional Information

Louis Sullivan was an inspiration to the Chicago architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. He has been called the "father of moderinsm and is thought of by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper. It is important to note that he was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Published Works

  • A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man`s Powers, American Institute of Architects, 1924
  • The Autobiography of an Idea (memoir), Press of the American Institute of Architects, 1924
  • Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings (essays), New York City, 1924
  • Democracy, A Man-Search, Wayne State University Press, 1961
  • The Testament of Stone, Themes of Idealism and Indignation from the Writings of Louis Sullivan, Northwestern University Press, 1963
  • The Drawings of Louis Henry Sullivan, A Catalogue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection at the Avery Architectural Library, Princeton University Press, 1979
  • Louis Sullivan, The Public Papers, University of Chicago Press, 1988
  • Louis Sullivan in the Art Institute of Chicago, The Illustrated Catalogue of Collections, New York City, 1990

Selected Titles At Your Library

Kindergarten chats (revised 1918) and other writings /
ISBN: 1406727377. OCLC Number:

George Wittenborn, Inc.,. [New York] :. 2010.

Democracy: a man-search.
ISBN: 0837166179. OCLC Number:

Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn.,. [1973, ©1961]

The drawings of Louis Henry Sullivan :
ISBN: 0691039240. OCLC Number:

Princeton University Press,. Princeton, N.J. :. ©1979.

Louis Sullivan :
ISBN: 0226779963. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1988.

"This volume brings together for the first time all the papers Louis Sullivan intended for a public audience, from his first interview in 1882 to his last essay in 1924. Organized chronologically, these speeches, interviews, essays, letters to editors, and committee reports enable readers to trace Sullivan's development from a brash young assistant to Dankmar Adler to an architectural elder statesman. Robert Twombly, an authority on Sullivan's work and life, has introduced each document with a headnote explaining its significance, locating it in time and place, and examining its immediate context. He has also provided a general introduction that analyzes Sullivan's writing style and objectives, his major philosophical themes, and the sources of his ideas. With the help of headnotes and introduction, readers will get a thorough sense of Sullivan's concerns, discover how his ideas evolved and changed, and appreciate the circumstances under which new interests emerged."--Jacket.

Louis Sullivan in the Art Institute of Chicago :
ISBN: 0824070321. OCLC Number:

Garland Pub.,. New York :. 1989.



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