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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; Canadian First edition (Sept. 6 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771000112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771000116
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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a great book, well written and researched and well worth reading
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
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In this new book about Arthur Erickson, David Stouck has written a truly accomplished biography in which he brings his distinguished subject to life, in all his brilliance, humanity, and idiosyncracy, in a balanced and honest way. Most of all, it is an extremely readable account, interesting not just to historians of architecture, but to ordinary readers--the emphasis here is on "the architect's life"--who get hooked early in the narrative and stay engaged until the book's end and the death of this remarkable "philosopher-architect".
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Gave this as a Christmas gift to a relative, an architect, and he loved it. A good overview of a complicated man
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I felt like I was taking all of those wonderful trips he and his friends took. One could visualize the countries and gardens.
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HASH(0xa1b59ac0) out of 5 stars David Stouck's biography of Arthur Erickson Feb. 25 2014
By Mary Novik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this new book about Arthur Erickson, David Stouck has written a truly accomplished biography in which he brings his distinguished subject to life, in all his brilliance, humanity, and idiosyncracy, in a balanced and honest way. Most of all, it is an extremely readable account, interesting not just to historians of architecture, but to ordinary readers--the emphasis here is on "the architect's life"--who get hooked early in the narrative and stay engaged until the book's end and the death of this remarkable "philosopher-architect".
HASH(0xa1163300) out of 5 stars A good read about a brilliant man. Sadly the love of his life ruined him! March 2 2014
By Frederick Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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His architecture was forward thinking and he was admired as the greatest architect in modern day Canada. I appreciated that the book told of his involvement with someone who ultimately ruined him financially. A sad tale in the end, but that's life. He should have left the boyfriend early on. The lavish lifestyle he brought ultimately destroyed the architect. Nice that he was acknowledged at his death for his brilliance. A bitter-sweet story.
HASH(0xa11641ec) out of 5 stars Interesting Biography Nov. 16 2014
By Ethyl - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting bio of the Canadian architect especially if you are familiare with his work.
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HASH(0xa116454c) out of 5 stars Didn't read it. Was only interested because I was ... April 10 2015
By Janice Mancuso - Published on Amazon.com
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Didn't read it. Was only interested because I was interested in a home he had designed but ultimately didn't buy the home.


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