Architect of His Own Downfall

s Oscar Wilde famously said, “Biography lends to death a new terror”. Yet he could not have foreseen a postmodernist subgenre of biography in which not the esteemed biographical subject but the biographer himself is preeminent, as in a film narrated by a voice that directs attention to itself and its own motives:

This book isn’t intended as a Frank Lloyd Wright biography, not in any conventional sense … Rather, [it] is meant to be a kind of synecdoche, with selected pockets in a life standing for the oceanic whole of that life.

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