Iowa Stories: "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright"

December 3, 2020 - 12:00pm
State Historical Society of Iowa - Virtual

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Celebrated author and journalist Paul Hendrickson will discuss his latest biography, entitled Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright. A creative writing teacher at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 20 years and a feature writer at the Washington Post for the two decades before that, Hendrickson has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times.

Paul Hendrickson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a winner of it once--for his 2003 Sons of Mississippi. His The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War was a 1996 finalist for the National Book Award. His 2011 Hemingway's Boat: Everything He loved in Life, and Lost was both a New York Times and London best-seller. 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. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, and for two decades before that he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the father of two grown sons, both working in media, and he lives with his wife, Cecilia, a retired nurse, in Washington, D.C. and outside Philadelphia.