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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank

Buckeye girl, January 23, 2012

I really hadn't planned to read this book because I was not much interested in Frank Lloyd Wright's love life. A friend gave it to me after she had finished reading it. We didn't have time to discuss it because I was leaving town. As soon as I began reading, I became interested in the characters and the way their lives were affected by the social and moral constraints of their time. The dilemma faced by the woman who loved Frank resonates with women in our time, too. Choosing to leave her husband and children to follow a married lover and to seek self fulfillment through her own talents is both admirable and selfish, however liberated a woman may feel. The author has written a very perceptive fictional account of an actual relationship between Wright and his lover. Relying on publicly known facts about their time together, Horan has written a very credible account of two passionate flesh and blood characters whose defiance of the social norms of their day brought them joy but also much pain. Then, when things begin to resolve for them, tragedy strikes. A tragedy that remained in my thoughts long after I had finished the book because it had happened to very real people.
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