Edmund Morris (May 27, 1940 - May 24, 2019) was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. Theodore Rex followed in 2001, and Colonel Roosevelt in 2010, so completing his three-volume life of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris was President Reagan's authorized biographer and wrote the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. He is also the author of Beethoven: The Universal Composer (2005), and This Living Hand (2012), a collection of essays. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's. He lived in New York and Connecticut with his wife and fellow biographer Sylvia Jukes Morris.
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