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Loving Frank

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Loving Frank

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
73779
publisher:
Ballantine
genre:
History, Fiction

We gave it a C+

When architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, ran off to Europe together in 1909, they abandoned their spouses and a combined eight children in Oak Park, Ill., and were vilified by the press. in Loving Frank, Nancy Horan looks at their story from the point of view of Cheney, whom she sees as a victim of her times, an intellectual unable to reconcile passion with parenthood. Unfortunately, even Horan’s industrious research and compassion can’t turn this tragedy into a romance. History wrote the love affair’s ending, and it is so horrific it becomes impossible to maintain sympathy for them, no matter their psychic pain.

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