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T.S. Eliot once wrote, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” James Macaulay’s well-illustrated biography of Charles Rennie Mackintosh would argue that the epigram could also apply to Scotland’s most famous architect. Macaulay, a former chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, has investigated Mackintosh’s notebooks, drawings, and built work and concluded that the Arts & Crafts designer’s output was not quite as original as some might believe. Does the claim hold water? Decide for yourself.
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