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Walter Gropius

Fiona MacCarthy

Fiona MacCarthy’s captivating biography of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius is a ‘masterpiece’ (Edmund de Waal)

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* A Times and New Statesman Book of the Year *

* BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week *

Illustrated with over 130 colour photographs and drawings *

‘A masterpiece.’ Edmund de Waal

‘Commanding, intelligent, gripping.’ The Times

From 1910 to 1930 Gropius was at the very centre of European modern art and design, as the founder of the German art school, the Bauhaus. Yet Gropius’s beliefs and affiliations left him little choice but to leave Germany when Hitler came to power.

In this riveting book, Fiona MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius’s work and life. From his shattering experiences in the First World War to his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler and the tragic early death of their daughter, MacCarthy leads us through his disorientating years in London, to his final peaceful and productive life in America. This is biography at its finest and most vivid.

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A masterpiece.

Edmund De Waal
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A commanding, intelligent, gripping biography.

The Times
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Engagingly written and lavishly illustrated.

Ivan Hewett, Sunday Telegraph
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Revelatory . . . strikingly readable and elegantly designed.

Arts Desk
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Engrossing . . . hard to beat.

Rowan Moore, Observer
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An excellent and long awaited biography.

Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

A former Guardian critic, Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed Eric Gill (1989). Her next book, William Morris (1994), won the Wolfson History Prize. Her Byron: Life and Legend (2002) has been described as ‘one of the great literary biographies of our time’. She also received the James…

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