Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus

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Belknap Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author

Fiona MacCarthy was the author of William Morris: A Life for Our Time, winner of the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Nonfiction Award, and the well-received Byron: Life and Legend. A former design correspondent for The Guardian and architecture critic for The Observer, she curated exhibits at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London. MacCarthy was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art.


MacCarthy's lucid biography shows Gropius as a man of ideas who has indelibly influenced how we conceive of and respond to the environments that shape our everyday lives.--Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander & Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and author of Structure as Space
A complex narrative about a complex man. Fiona MacCarthy's richly detailed biography of Walter Gropius, one of the twentieth century's most influential architects, reads like a detective story.--Moshe Safdie, founding principal of Moshe Safdie Architects
Saint or sinner? Visionary or myopic? In the century since the Bauhaus opened, its founder Walter Gropius has been lionised and demonised. Did Gropius inspire the world's most influential and humane art school, or was he the evil genius of miserable industrial culture? Fiona MacCarthy is Britain's first and best writer on design. She rescues Gropius's reputation in a book full of learning, insight, dry wit, and belief. Just like the man himself.--Stephen Bayley, cofounder of the Design Museum, London, and author of Taste
This is an absolute triumph--ideas, lives, and the dramas of the twentieth century are woven together in a feat of storytelling. A masterpiece.--Edmund de Waal, ceramic artist and author of The White Road
Gropius, too often dismissed as a chilly theorist, emerges in a clearer, subtler, and far more sympathetic light from Fiona MacCarthy's wide-ranging and authoritative biography.--Hilary Spurling, author of Matisse the Master
Fiona McCarthy has helped us to see Gropius in a radically different light. This is a very significant biography of a very significant man.--Sir Christopher Frayling
[A] comprehensive portrait of the German-born architect best known for founding the Bauhaus...MacCarthy offers a buoyant account of her subject's life.--Booklist (03/15/2019)