Edmund Morris (writer)

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Arthur Edmund Morris (May 27, 1940 – May 24, 2019) was a Kenyan-born British-American writer. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Morris was best known for his biographies of United States Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

Morris's first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, was the first volume of what would eventually become a trilogy on the life of the 26th president and won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and the 1980 National Book Award for biography.[1]

In 1981, Ronald Reagan became President of the United States and was impressed by a reading of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. In 1985, Reagan made Morris his official biographer.[2] In 1999, Morris published Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.[3]

He was a travel journalist and wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's Magazine.

Morris died on May 24, 2019 in Kent, Connecticut from a stroke at the age of 78.[4]

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  1. "1980 Pulitzer Prizes". Retrieved 7 August 2012. National Book Award; List of winners of the National Book Award in Biography, hardback.
  2. Edmund Morris, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (Random House, 1999), xiii–xvi, xix; This Living Hand, 445–46.
  3. "Doreen Carvajal, "Writer as Character in Reagan Biography," The New York Times, 18 September 1999; Newsweek, 27 September 1999.
  4. Edmund Morris, Reagan Biographer Who Upset Conventions, Dies at 78