Mamah Borthwick
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Mamah Borthwick
Martha "Mamah" Borthwick is primarily noted for her relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, which ended when she was murdered. Borthwick earned her BA at the University of Michigan in 1892. She later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1899, Borthwick married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA. They had two children: John (1902) and Martha (1905). Mamah met Wright's wife, Catherine, through a social club.
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Wright author at NIACC - Mason City Globe Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
It is about the love affair between architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a client who, along with her husband, hired Wright to design their home. “I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by
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El arquitecto como un semidiós - Martí Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
Pero, en 1909, loco y elegido al fin, abandona a su esposa ya sus hijos y se marcha a Europa con Mamah Borthwick Cheney; nada menos que la esposa de un cliente de la que se había enamorado años atras. La pareja regresa a Estados Unidos en 1911 y Wright
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin masterpiece site of tragic story - Oshkosh Northwestern
Google News - over 5 years
He built it for Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the wife of a former client in Oak Park, Ill., where Wright had lived and worked and designed numerous homes and other buildings. Wright's view of architecture was beautifully simple. His houses had low,
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Oshkosh's only Frank Lloyd Wright house, inhabited by Wright fan - Oshkosh Northwestern
Google News - over 5 years
Wright had caused a scandal when he left his wife Catherine Tobin and his six children in Oak Park and ran off with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the wife of a former client. Wright and Mamah did not marry but lived together for several years at their home
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Motive For Murders At Frank Lloyd Wright's Home Still A Mystery - WISN Milwaukee
Google News - almost 6 years
Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney abandoned their families and fled to Europe. They were soul mates unrestrained by societal convention. McCrea said the press wasn't far behind. "They were good copy. He was always good copy," McCrea said
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Weeks This On Week List PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE 1 43 THE SHACK, by William P. Young. (Windblown Media, $14.99.) A man whose daughter was abducted is invited to an isolated shack, apparently by God. ( † ) 2 15 THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink. (Vintage, $13.95.) A German high school student falls in love with a former Auschwitz
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Weeks This On Week List PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE 1 42 THE SHACK, by William P. Young. (Windblown Media, $14.99.) A man whose daughter was abducted is invited to an isolated shack, apparently by God. ( † ) 2 14 THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink. (Vintage, $13.95.) A German high school student falls in love with a former Auschwitz
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE: Sunday, March 8th 2009
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Feb. 21, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Feb. 14, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE: Sunday, February 22nd 2009
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Feb. 7, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Jan. 31, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE: Sunday, February 1st 2009
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Jan. 17, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Dec. 13, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Dec. 6, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 29, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: FICTION: TRADE: Sunday, December 7th 2008
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 15, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 8, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university,
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 1914
    Age 44
    On August 15, 1914, one of Wright's recently hired domestic workers, Julian Carlton, murdered Mamah, her two children, three of Wright's associates, and a son of one of the associates.
    More Details Hide Details Carlton set fire to one wing of Wright's house, Taliesin, and then he hacked the seven people with an ax while it burned. At the time, Wright was overseeing work on Midway Gardens in Chicago, Illinois. A detailed nonfiction account of the tragedy at Taliesin is provided in Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders by William R. Drennan. Mamah's time with Frank Lloyd Wright is the basis of Loving Frank, a novel by Nancy Horan. She is also a subject of T.C. Boyle's 2009 twelfth novel, The Women. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101170584 An opera, Shining Brow, covers the story of the Cheneys and the Wrights, from when they meet in Wright's office, through the aftermath of Mamah's death. Music was composed by American composer Daron Hagen with a libretto by Paul Muldoon.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1909
    Age 39
    In 1909, Mamah (now formally known as Martha Borthwick Cheney, although she stopped using her husband's name after they divorced in 1911) and Wright chose to leave their respective spouses and travel to Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning from Europe, most people in their previous social circle considered their open closeness to be rather scandalous, especially since Catherine had refused to agree to a divorce (and wouldn't until 1922). The editor of the local newspaper in Spring Green, Wisconsin condemned Wright for bringing scandal to the village; even big city Chicago papers joined in the criticism, implying Wright would soon be arrested for immorality, despite statements from the local sheriff that he couldn't prove the couple was doing anything wrong. The scandal affected Wright's career for several years. He didn't receive his next major commission, the Imperial Hotel, until 1916. In 1911, Borthwick began translating the works of the noted Swedish feminist thinker and writer Ellen Key.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1892
    Age 22
    Borthwick earned her BA at the University of Michigan in 1892. She later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1899, Borthwick married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children: John (1902) and Martha (1905). Mamah met Wright's wife, Catherine, through a social club. Soon after, Edwin commissioned Wright to design them a home, now known as the Edwin H. Cheney House, and,, housed a apartment below where her sister Elizabeth Bouton Borthwick lived.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1869
    Born
    Born in 1869.
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