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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donald Hoffmann  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1933 in Springfield, Illinois

-- Donald Hoffmann on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hoffman was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donald Hoffmann entered the University of Chicago in 1949. After working for the City News Bureau of Chicago and the ''Illinois State Register'' in Springfield, he joined ''The Star'' in 1956. In the early 1960s he began independent studies of the architecture of John Wellborn Root and of Frank Lloyd Wright. He served as Art and Architecture Critic for the Kansas City Star from 1965-1990 and as Assistant Editor of the ''Journal of The Society of Architectural Historians'' from 1970-1972.Hoffmann currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater :
ISBN: 0486274306. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. New York :. 1993.

A total revision--both in text and illustrations--of the standard document on Fallingwater, the boldest, most personal architectural statement of Wright's mature years. Updated with valuable new material from the recently opened Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, the book gives special emphasis to Fallingwater's architectural innovations: cantilevered construction, ingenious integration with a majestic waterfall, use of reinforced concrete, and more. Over 100 photos depict the site, every phase of construction and the distinctive interior and exterior detailing. "Fascinating"--The New York Times.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House :
ISBN: 0486245829. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. New York :. 1984.

"Frank Lloyd Wright firmly believed that "life could be formed anew if new form could be brought to its setting, architecture." His revolt against customary architectural design was shared by rugged individualist Fred C. Robie, who chose Wright to build his dream house in 1908. In this painstakingly researched and illuminating account of the design and construction of the Robie home, a noted architectural authority presents an in-depth study remarkable for clarity and thoroughness ... Now students, architects, any lover of fine buildings can watch an architectural masterpiece take shape in this profusely illustrated history of the house Wright himself labeled "a source of world-wide architectural inspiration."--

Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture and nature /
ISBN: 0486250989. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. New York :. ©1986.

In this profusely illustrated study, a noted Wright scholar and commentator offers a wealth of keen insights into the ways in which nature influenced Wright's complex personal approach to siting buildings in the landscape, use of organic materials in their natural forms and textures, and use of decorative motifs derived from nature in glass, brick, wood and other materials.

Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture /
ISBN: 048628364X. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. New York :. 1995.

"May be the best book on Wright ever written, with the exception of the master's own incomparable autobiography." ? New York Times Book Review.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana House /
ISBN: 0486291200. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. Mineola, N.Y. :. 1996.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and the skyscraper /
ISBN: 0486402096. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. Mineola, N.Y. :. 1998.

Frank Lloyd Wright's house on Kentuck Knob /
ISBN: 0822941198. OCLC Number:

University of Pittsburgh Press,. Pittsburgh, Pa. :. ©2000.

"Kentuck, constructed on an isolated knoll, or knob, is now owned by Lord Palumbo of London and is open for public tours. This account tells the story of how the house came to be, detailing the many complexities faced by the Hagans - from the delights and difficulties in dealing with Wright to the problems with topography and architectural plans. In fulfilling Wright's vision, the Hagans and their contractor created a building of great beauty, dignity, and serenity. More than fifty photographs, drawings, and diagrams accompany a detailed descriptive text to illustrate how the peculiarities of the plan, based on the equilateral triangle, resulted in a house that generates countless vistas, indoors and out, and spatial effects of great charm and intimacy."--Jacket.

Mark Twain in paradise :
ISBN: 0826216420. OCLC Number:

University of Missouri Press,. Columbia ;. ©2006.

"Samuel Clemens first encountered the Bermuda Islands in 1867 and retreated there many more times for its beauty, pace, weather and company, both local and elite. Hoffmann gathers and examines passages from travel pieces, letters, and unpublished autobiographical dictation to illuminate the writer's love for Bermuda and its seafaring culture"--Provided by publisher.



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