Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edmund Morris is the foremost expert on American Presidents and an award winning writer of public lives. His Theodore Roosevelt trilogy is widely considered to be the definitive work on the President's life. It has been said that no writer is better equipped to discuss the legacy of Ronald Reagan. In demand by audiences as both a historical expert and as an interpreter of public lives, Edmund Morris is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs.
This Living Hand: And Other Essays is the latest from Morris. Uniquely illustrated with images that the author describes as indispensable to his creative process, This Living Hand is packed with biographical insights into such famous personalities as Daniel Defoe, Henry Adams, Mark Twain, Evelyn Waugh, Truman Capote, Glenn Gould, Jasper Johns, W. G. Sebald, and Winnie the Pooh.
His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1980, and in 2001 its presidential sequel, Theodore Rex, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner and a bestseller. The two books have a combined one million copies in print.
Colonel Roosevelt, the final volume of Morris’s trilogy on the great “Teddy,” was published by Random House in November 2010. It covers the last ten tumultuous years of TR’s life—years in which he hunted lions and elephants for the Smithsonian, ran for a third term in the White House (a nearly successful effort that earned him a bullet in his chest), and an apostle of U.S. involvement in World War I.
In 1985, Edmund Morris was appointed President Ronald Reagan’s authorized biographer. His book Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan became a New York Times bestseller. The book’s stylistic innovations, such as the use of multiple narrative voices, caused an international stir.
“Dutch never fails to convey the power and mystery of its subject.” - The New York Times Book Review.
His book Beethoven: The Universal Composer Morris brings the great composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence—a gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints.
“Beethoven: The Universal Composer [has] vast reserves of feeling, fancy and intelligence.” – The Washington Post
As a classically trained pianist, Morris recently made his debut at a sold-out concert by nonprofessional musicians in Carnegie Hall. He has written extensively for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s Magazine. He has lectured at many venues, including Harvard, Princeton, and Brown universities, the New York Historical Society, the 92nd Street Y, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.