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Making Magic
The Marion Mahony Griffin Story by Glenda Korporaal
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Making Magic: The Marion Mahony Griffin Story  – by Glenda Korporaal
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Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Glenda Korporaal
ISBN: 9780992476908
Trim size: 153 x 229 mm
“Marion Mahony was the Frida Kahlo of the Chicago School. Everywhere and nowhere, forgotten then suddenly remembered, unique in her work.” Professor David Van Zanten.

Architect, artist, environmentalist, social observer, community builder and loyal wife, Marion Mahony Griffin was a woman who changed history. The second woman to graduate with an architecture degree from MIT and the first woman in America to become a licensed architect, Mahony was a woman in a man’s world, ahead of her time, energetic and creative, yet her role was overshadowed by the men in her life.

She was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first professional employee, working with him for more than a decade. Then she teamed up with fellow Chicago architect Walter Burley Griffin, her drawings playing a crucial role in helping him to win the prize for the design of the Australian federal capital, Canberra.  Her artistic work was sheer magic.

Making Magic aims to tell Marion’s story, a story which spans three continents, and puts the case for her recognition as an important figure who emerged from Chicago’s Prairie School of Architecture

About the Author
Glenda Korporaal is a journalist and writer based in Sydney, Australia. She has lived in Canberra and Washington, DC, and has a Master of Arts (Economics) from George Washington University, Washington, DC. The author of four books, she has a long time fascination with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and interest in the ties between Australia and America.

Reviews (3)
Name : Peter Graves
Location : Canberra
Title : An outstanding read about a largely-forgotten person
Review : Ms Korporaal has discovered much more than we ever knew about Marion, and her relationship with Walter. As troubled as that was, at times. It was because of Marion's pushing Walter to get the plans done, to make the last boat to Australia, that they won the competition. It's been said that her artwork actually won it. Today, she is remembered here in Canberra only by the view from Mt Ainslie named in her honour. As significant as that is, she deserves much more. In her own right.

Name : Stephen Scheding
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Review : The hugely impressive and important research that the author has put into this book is seamlessly transformed into an absorbing and indeed riveting story. It is not simply an intriguing personal story of the remarkable artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin's involvement in the physical creation of Canberra but it embraces issues of national significance, as well as ultimately touching on the very nature of how art gets made. Highly recommended!

Name : Robin Kramar
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Review : I could not put this book down .... it is a book in which the complexities of Marion Mahony Griffin's life unfolds in the USA, Australia and India. This is no ordinary love story between a man and a woman, a woman and her special gifts nor about the love for nature and art. It is much more than this. The story delves into a range of issues associated with a woman working in a male arena, the political aspects associated with architecture and building and the social context of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is a elegantly written story which inspires in the reader an understanding of the importance of vision and perseverance. The book is not only a joy to read, but also a joy to see. The design of the book and the inclusion of some of Marion's drawings and painting creat a very satisfying visual experience.

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