Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and attended college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. Its sequel, Theodore Rex, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography in 2001. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan's authorized biographer and wrote the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. He then completed his trilogy on the life of the twenty-sixth president with Colonel Roosevelt, also a bestseller, and has published Beethoven: The Universal Composer and This Living Hand and Other Essays. Edison is his final work of biography. He was married to fellow biographer Sylvia Jukes Morris for fifty-two years. Edmund Morris died in 2019.
Praise for the Biographies of Edmund Morris The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Winner of the Pulitzer Prize One of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. -The New York Times Book Review A towering biography. -Time Theodore Rex A masterpiece . . . A great president has finally found a great biographer. -The Washington Post As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams's volumes on Jefferson and Madison. -The Times Literary Supplement Colonel Roosevelt Monumental . . . Morris is a stylish storyteller with an irresistible subject. -The New York Times Book Review Hair-raising . . . awe-inspiring . . . a worthy close to a trilogy sure to be regarded as one of the best studies not just of any president, but of any American. -San Francisco Chronicle