Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life Hardcover – Unabridged, Sep 6 2013
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"David Stouck offers an intimate and truly fascinating portrait of the complex and contradictory 'starchitect' who was at the heart of Canadian art and design for more than half a century." (Ross King, author of "Defiant Spirits" 2012-07-23)
"David Stouck's book is admirably candid about Erickson's architectural excesses, his bankruptcy, his sexuality, and the celebrity craving of his later years. Yet the reader recognizes Erickson's genius not only in his greatest works, such as Simon Fraser University and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, but in his extraordinary perceptions of what humans could and should do. The pages come alive with a young Leonard Bernstein playing the piano in a forties Vancouver salon, Frank Lloyd Wright presiding at Taliesin, Duke Ellington joining Erickson's graduation party, and Erickson and Pierre Trudeau swimming au naturel in a Laurentian lake. A remarkable biography of an exceptional artist." (John English, author of "Citizen of the World" and "Just Watch Me" 2012-07-23)
About the Author
David Stouck is a biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933–86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize. With Myler Wilkinson, he edited Genius of Place: Writing about British Columbia. He is professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University.
Top Customer Reviews
i was impressed by the attention to arthur ericksons study of
many peoples and cultures, especially as expressed thru time in
their buildings and cities
these studies were inspirational to this sensitive creative architect
and helped him develop a base from which to build some of the
most outstanding beautiful buildings of our time
i guarantee this book will be hard to put down