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Democratic Space: The Ecstatic Geography of Walt Whitman and Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: John F Roche

  • Democratic Space: The Ecstatic Geography of Walt Whitman and Frank Lloyd Wright

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    Democratic Space: The Ecstatic Geography of Walt Whitman and Frank Lloyd Wright

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Abstract

Compares the lives and work of Whitman and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in particular their attitudes toward openness and physical space; finds that Wright was "akin to Whitman in his sensitivity to the presence and importance of American spaciousness" but that he differed from Whitman in that Wright applied "centrifugal necessity to his solution for the congested city in a far more drastic way than the crowd-energized Whitman would have approved" and further that "Wright was less apt to view the spread of democracy as equivalent to the spread of America's boundaries."

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Roche, J. F., (1988) “Democratic Space: The Ecstatic Geography of Walt Whitman and Frank Lloyd Wright”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 6(1), p.16-32. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1199

Rights: Copyright © 1988 John F Roche

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01 Jul 1988
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