Edmund Morris (writer)
Edmund Morris (born
May 27, 1940in Nairobi, Kenya) is a writer best known for his biographies of United States presidents Theodore Rooseveltand Ronald Reagan. Morris received his early education in Kenya after which he attended Rhodes Universityin South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in Londonbefore emigrating to the United States in 1968.
His biography "
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" won the Pulitzer Prizeand National Book Awardin 1980. After spending 14 years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller "" in 1999 (edited by Robert Loomis, executive editor at Random House, Morris' publisher). [cite journal | title = Where the written word reigns | journal = Duke Magazine | volume = 93 | issue = 3 | date = May-June 2007 | url = http://www.dukemagazine.duke.edu/dukemag/issues/050607/depupd.html | accessdate = 2007-11-13 ] This book generated controversy because, although Morris had access to Reagan's papers and correspondence, including his private diary, and he had been chosen as Reagan's official biographer, Morris wrote the book in a fiction-like fashion with a fictional version of himself as the narrator. Morris chose this course because, he admitted, he was never able to bring the president into focus. "He was truly one of the strangest men who’s ever lived," Morris said. "Nobody around him understood him. I, every person I interviewed, almost without exception, eventually would say, 'You know, I could never really figure him out.'" [Stahl, Lesley (interviewer) (June 9, 2004) [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/06/09/60II/main622051.shtml Morris: "Reagan Still A Mystery."] CBS News.com]
Morris's other books include "Theodore Rex" (2001), the second in a projected three-volume chronicle of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, and "" (2005). Mr. Morris has also written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as "
The New Yorker", the " New York Times", and " Harper's Magazine".
Edmund Morris lives in
New York Cityand Kent, Connecticutwith his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" (1979)
*"Theodore Rex" (2001)
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