Booksmart Tulsa Presents Paul Hendrickson
Booksmart Tulsa welcomes acclaimed author Paul Hendrickson to celebrate his incendiary new biography of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Plagued by Fire. Learn about Wright’s family connections (Tulsa Tribune publisher Richard Lloyd Jones) to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and more.
Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius.
Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made.
This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in Plagued by Fire, a masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home by a black servant gone mad.
In showing us Wright’s facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man.
With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.
This event is free and open to the public.