Item #246490 Typed Letter, signed (“F. LL. W. Frank!”) to Lewis Mumford. Frank Lloyd Wright.
Typed Letter, signed (“F. LL. W. Frank!”) to Lewis Mumford

Typed Letter, signed (“F. LL. W. Frank!”) to Lewis Mumford.

n.p. [Spring Green, Wisconsin]: February 20, 1952.

2 pp. typed on oblong Taliesen stationery, with some ink corrections. 8vo. Prior fold, paperclip stain, else fine in custom red cloth folding box Item #246490

An affectionate, conversational, and at times pointed, letter to Wright’s friend and champion, architectural critic Lewis Mumford. Wright playfully addresses Mumford as “Llewis” and begins the letter with high praise:
“I can't tell you how good it was to be with you again in spirit as well as the bodily presence which is essentially the same vital Llewis. The amazing comprehension, as of the earlier days of our friendship, is still vibrant. You were never so much the critic as the creative writer, champion of cultural causes - Llewis. Little good our journalistic sort of critics do our Causes. Even less harm they do to evil ones than good to noble ones because radio, press, and print crawl with them like flies on a window pane. So goes everything we have – prolix but not prolific. We are getting too enormous for a Democracy. Unless we create for ourselves our own eddy in some swirl of the backwater we are washed out and away with the current into internationalism and the commonplace.”
The rest of the letter concerns various offers that Wright has received from editors interested in publishing his writing, with the noted irony that he was offered more for his work in the early days of his career, when the magazine industry was more robust – “ … I guess the magazines are not far from [dead]? Except for advertising.”.

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