Edmund Morris





Edmund Morris

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born
in Nairobi, Kenya
May 27, 1940

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Edmund Morris is a writer best known for his biographies of United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Morris received his early education in Kenya after which he attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before emigrating to the United States in 1968.
His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1980. After spending 14 years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999.
Morris's other books include Theodore Rex, the second in a projected three-volume chronicle of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, and Beethoven: The Universal Composer. Mr. Morris ha...more


Average rating: 4.17 · 40,041 ratings · 2,067 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 16,823 ratings — published 1979 — 21 editions
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Theodore Rex
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 16,466 ratings — published 2001 — 22 editions
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Colonel Roosevelt
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 4,846 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Dutch : A Memoir of Ronald ...
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 1,105 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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Beethoven
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 2005 — 16 editions
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Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy
4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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This Living Hand: Essays, 1...
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Derrick and drill
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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How to Get a Farm and Where...
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Farming for Boys
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1868 — 4 editions
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“Yet there was no doubt that Theodore Roosevelt was peculiarly qualified to be President of all the people. Few, if any Americans could match the breadth of his intellect and the strength of his character. A random survey of his achievements might show him mastering German, French, and the contrasted dialects of Harvard and Dakota Territory; assembling fossil skeletons with paleontological skill; fighting for an amateur boxing championship; transcribing birdsong into a private system of phonetics; chasing boat thieves with a star on his breast and Tolstoy in his pocket; founding a finance club, a stockmen's association, and a hunting-conservation society; reading some twenty thousand books and writing fifteen of his own; climbing the Matterhorn; promulgating a flying machine; and becoming a world authority on North American game mammals. If the sum of all these facets of experience added up to more than a geometric whole - implying excess construction somewhere, planes piling upon planes - then only he, presumably, could view the polygon entire.”
Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex

“Norway...looked to Roosevelt "as funny a kingdom as was ever imagined outside of opera bouffe....It is much as if Vermont should offhand try the experiment of having a king.”
Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt

“Ordinary psyches often react to bad news with a momentary thrill, seeing the world, for once, in jagged clarity, as if lightning has just struck. But then darkness and dysfunction rush in. A mind such as Beethoven's remains illumined, or sees in the darkness shapes it never saw before, which inspire rather than terrify. This altered shape (raptus, he would say) makes art of the shapes, while holding in counterpoise such dualities as intellect and intuition, the conscious and the unconscious, mental health and mental disorder, the conventional and the unconventional, complexity and simplicity.”
Edmund Morris, Beethoven

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Theodore Roosevelt Poll:

It appears that by the end of the President's Poll that Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt were tied. Then somehow after we had voted on the Thomas Jefferson book, Teddy pulled ahead!!

So now we have to make it up to all of the Theodore Roosevelt voters and a book by or about Theodore Roosevelt will be our next Presidential Series selection.

This selection will begin on June 1, 2010 and will continue for three months (June, July and August). This discussion will be led by Bryan. Bryan has an extraordinary background and will be a great moderator to lead this discussion. He and Joe now share the responsibilities for the Presidential Series reads and will be alternating book discussions. They are both Assisting Moderators for the Presidential Series.

We have added all of the books nominated on the Theodore Roosevelt thread. However, if you do not see your favorite book on this list; then just comment or pop me a note and I will immediately add it to this poll.

You can always change your vote at any time; so nothing is lost. Some of the TR books deal with only a certain period of his life, one is multi-volume (the Morris books - I have added both separately), some deal with other founding fathers too; some are all encompassing, others deal with specific events in TR's life or presidency and others are by the man, himself.

Before making your selection, please try to look up your choice and make sure it really is a book you are interested in; do not be lured in by the title. Also, check out the author and what others have said about the book before you (reviewers who you trust). Then of course, make your selection.

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