Edmund Morris (27 May 1940 – 24 May 2019) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, known for his biographies of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. I read his biography of Edison, which I enjoyed very much.
Fun Facts about Edmund Morris:
- Arthur Edmund Morris was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His parents May and Eric were South African.
- Morris dropped out of college and found a job in advertising designing ads and brochures for menswear. He credits this job with forming his literary style.
- Morris dreamed of being a concert pianist, but abandoned that dream in 1964, moving to London, England to work as a copywriter for an American ad agency.
- In 1968, two after marrying Sylvia Jukes, an English teacher, and writer by her own right and in time his fellow biographer, the couple emigrated to the United States.
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris’ first book which will eventually be the first of a trilogy, won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and Autobiography, as well as the 1980 National Book Award for biography.
- The aids for President Ronald Reagan thought that Mr. Morris would be ideal to write the President’s autobiography.
- Morris received a seven figured contract from Random House, and even better, he got access to a sitting president and his family.
A historian’s dream come true.
- The book, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, enraged many people because Mr. Morris inserted himself as a fictional narrator who guides the readers through Reagan’s childhood and rise to the presidency. In fact, Nancy Reagan refused to meet with him during a signing at the Reagan Library.
- Edmund Morris also wrote articles about travel and the arts for magazines, such as The New Yorker, New York Times, and Harper’s Magazine.
- Morris’ trilogy about Theodore Roosevelt: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt is considered the definitive study of the President.
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