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Name:  Narciso G. Menocal  

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Mr. Menocal obtained a Ph. D. at the University of Illinois in 1974.

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Wright Studies, Volume One: Taliesin, 1911-1914
ISBN: 0809316250

Southern Illinois University Press. 1992

This inaugural issue is devoted to studies of Taliesin I. Designed and constructed in 1911 upon Wright’s return to Wisconsin from Europe, Taliesin I burned in August 1914. It thus became the most difficult Wright residence for Wright scholars to examine.

In this volume’s critical essays, Neil Levine offers a view of the different layers of meaning of Taliesin I

Scott Gartner explains the legend of the Welsh bard Taliesin and its meaning for Wright

Anthony Alofsin considers the influence of the playwright Richard Hovey and the feminist Ellen Key on Wright’s and Cheney’s thought of the period

and Narciso G. Menocal suggests that the Gilmore and O’Shea houses in Madison, Wisconsin, are a collective antecedent to Taliesin I.

To conclude the volume, Anthony Alofsin has written what amounts to a catalogue raisonné of the drawings and photographs of Taliesin I. Surprisingly, he finds no photographs of the living area and argues that those that have been published are in fact of Taliesin II.

Wright Studies, Volume Two: Fallingwater and Pittsburgh
ISBN: 0809319578

Southern Illinois University Press. 2000

As series editor Narciso G. Menocal points out in his preface to Wright Studies Volume One: Taliesin 1911–1914, each volume, focusing on a different subject, is envisioned as a “forum for different views and interpretations of Wright’s work.”

In Wright Studies Volume Two: Fallingwater and Pittsburgh, contributors Kathryn Smith, Neil Levine, and Richard Cleary concentrate on two themes: Smith focuses on Wright’s interest in the imagery of water in architecture while Levine and Cleary look at Wright’s relationship with Edgar Kaufmann, the department store magnate, and analyze the results—aesthetic and otherwise—of that relationship. All three deal with Fallingwater, built for Kaufmann in the 1930s, and other projects planned for Pittsburgh, which included a planetarium, a civic center, a parking garage, and an apartment house.

Smith discusses how Wright refined his integration of bodies of water into his designs over the course of his career, the most successful of which is Fallingwater. Levine provides historical background on Fallingwater and analyzes the architectural elements of the design while emphasizing Fallingwater’s temporal dimension. Cleary covers Wright’s Pittsburgh projects and Edgar Kaufmann Sr.’s role in them.

Wright Studies Volume Two is richly illustrated, with seventy-three halftones and twenty-three line drawings.

Architecture as Nature: The Transcendentalist Idea of Louis Sullivan
ISBN: 0299081508

University of Wisconsin Press. 1981

Although Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) has long been associated with the American transcendentalist movement of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman, this is the first book to analyze his transcendetalist thought with the development of his architectural style. It also explores sources of and influences on his thought that have not been considered before. With the help of Narciso G. Menocal’s new work, both scholars and students of architectural and art history, as well as American cultural and intellectual history, will gain new insights into Sullivan and his work.