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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard A. Geudtner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;


-- Richard A. Geudtner on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Geudtner worked and lived in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

For thirty-two years Richard Geudtner was the principal of an architectural firm in Lake Forest, Illinois. His life-long avocations have been sailing, traveling and a deep appreciation of the wilderness. Since selling the architectural practice in 1993, he has divided his time between Door County, Wisconsin and the Chicago area.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Paradox of Paradise: A Second Home Adventure
ISBN: 0942495594

Palmer Pubns. 1997

This is an architect's personal story of building a second home in 1985 on the shore of Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin. It is not a "how-to" manual, but is a "how come" chronicle. The narrative begins with the author reluctantly becoming involved in a second home venture.

It relates with humor and pathos (natural and man-made disasters), the design and construction activity. It continues with a chronicle of events, both human and environmental related to the home and property, which have made the realization and maintenance of this man's paradise come with unanticipated costs, both emotional and monetary.

Throughout is threaded a seasonal insight into the natural community thriving in this unique microclimate along the shoreline.

Synoptically, the house becomes a spiritual catalyst which brings about a sea-change in life's direction for the author.

People who have built a home or dream of doing so live through the pitfalls and pratfalls of the author's experience enlivened by the rural/small town midwest culture to which he was unaccustomed.

Those who yearn for a closeness with nature, and for a small part of it to cherish as their own, vicariously share the joys and sorrows of the author as he learns to cope with nature's vicissitudes and becomes aware of its fulfillment to his soul.

Recollections of My Mistress, A Thirty-Four Year Love Affair with a 48' Yawl
ISBN: 069235462X

. 2015

Recollections of My Mistress is the story of passion: one of drama and danger, thrills and adventure, comedy and near-tragedy.



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