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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Louis Henry Sullivan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: September 13, 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: April 11, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Louis Henry Sullivan on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Architect and author worked in Chicago 1895-1924, where he died.

Biographical and Professional Information

Louis Sullivan was an inspiration to the Chicago architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. He has been called the "father of moderinsm and is thought of by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper. It is important to note that he was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Titles At Your Library

Autobiography of an Idea
ISBN: 0781283736

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Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings
ISBN: 1406727377

Courthope Press. 2007

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Democracy: A Man-search
ISBN: 0837166179

Greenwood Press,London. 1973

Excerpt from Democracy: A Man-Search

While this vision of nature was the basis for Sullivan's esthetic of form and function, it was also, and more importantly in his man-centered philosophy, the basis for individual re-creation. By his own slow absorption in nature the student himself became organic. He re-established within himself a natural harmony of thought and feeling, reason and emotion

a harmony denied, Sullivan felt, by current academic training, with its emphasis on the drily intellectual application of dead styles, and denied by other aspects of civilization as well. Sullivan's was a strenuous protest against what he saw as the overemphasis on intellect and the denial of the creative role of the emotions - a protest continued by his pupil, Frank Lloyd Wright. His counter-vision, of the organic or whole man, who has overcome false dualisms of head and heart, intellect and emotion, is the focal point of his thought. For until individual man discovers not only the organic quality of nature but the applicability of nature's lessons to himself, neither the architecture nor the society he creates can be genuine.

When, in Democracy, Sullivan turned his attention to Merican society as a whole, the new context led him to develop further certain ideas that Kindergarten Chats had merely touched upon. By studying man in relation to history and society, rather than in relation to nature, Sullivan began to move beyond romantic or Transcendental formulations, to emerge with conceptions that suggestively parallel some of the fundamental ideas of later thinkers like William James and John Dewey.

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The Drawings of Louis Henry Sullivan: A Catalogue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection at the Avery Architectural Library
ISBN: 0691039240

Princeton University Press. 1979

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The Public Papers
ISBN: 0226779963

University of Chicago Press. 1988

This volume brings together for the first time all the papers Louis Sullivan intended for a public audience, from his first interview in 1882 to his last essay in 1924. Organized chronologically, these speeches, interviews, essays, letters to editors, and committee reports enable readers to trace Sullivan's development from a brash young assistant to Dankmar Adler to an architectural elder statesman. Robert Twombly, an authority on Sullivan's work and life, has introduced each document with a headnote explaining its significance, locating it in time and place, and examining its immediate context. He has also provided a general introduction that analyzes Sullivan's writing style and objectives, his major philosophical themes, and the sources of his ideas. With the help of headnotes and introduction, readers will get a thorough sense of Sullivan's concerns, discover how his ideas evolved and changed, and appreciate the circumstances under which new interests emerged.

This collection is a handy introduction to the full range of Sullivan's thinking, the book with which readers interested in the architect's writings should begin. As a companion volume to Robert Twombly's biography of Sullivan, it gives a comprehensive picture of one of America's most important architects and cultural figures.

Louis Sullivan In Art Inst Chi
ISBN: 0824070321

Education-Garla. 1990



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