Plagued by Fire

Enjoy an evening with author Paul Hendrickson as he discusses his new book Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright. From the award-winning and nationally best-selling author of Hemingway's Boat and Sons of Mississippi, Plagued by Fire is an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that offers new perspectives on the life, mind, and work of America’s premier architect.

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. 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.

A book signing at the Oak Park Public Library will follow the program. Copies of Plagued by Fire will be available for purchase.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust joins other organizations to support this Oak Park Public Library program.

About the Speaker
PAUL HENDRICKSON is the author of the New York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, and Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. Among his other books are Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (1992 finalist for the NBCC award) and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (1996 finalist for the National Book Award). He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019


6:30 – 7:30 pm


Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL


Free. Registration required.

Banner image:
Portrait of Paul Hendrickson by Tim Samuelson