Beethoven by Edmund Morris
The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives)

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“Brilliant....This book is a perfect marriage—or should one say, duet—of subject and author, every word as masterly as the notes of the artist it illuminates.” — Christopher Buckley, Forbes

“This is not just criticism but poetry in itself, with the additional—and inestimable—merit of being true.” — Washington Post Book World

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Dutch) is one of America’s most distinguished biographers, known for his rich, compulsively readable prose style. His biography of Beethoven, one of the most admired composers in the history of music, is above all a study of genius in action, of one of the few giants of Western culture. Beethoven is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures.


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Edmund Morris 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 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 Award for Biography in 2002. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan's authorized biographer, and published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. More recently he has written Beethoven: The Universal Composer. Edmund Morris lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Struggling for transcendence, then, meant not only the identification with Eastern philosophy that Morris points out, but Beethoven’s commitment to the rapture of music.

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Morris draws no gentle veil across the face of one of history’s geniuses, and with an artist so clearly human, he never shies away from the contradictions so common in a human life.

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Morris, a musician and music scholar, has studied Beethoven for 50 years.

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Entertainment Weekly

You don't need to know anything about classical music to love him, or to enjoy presidential biographer Edmund Morris' fleet mini-bio, Beethoven: The Universal Composer, an ideal starting point toward ultimate appreciation.

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Lawrence Toppman Kansas City Star 4 of 5 Stars "Morris’s version, consisting of equal parts reverence, authority, enthusiasm and literary panache, is rich reading, especially if the experience is enhanced by listening to Beethoven’s music, some of the most sublime music the world has ever kn...

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Ken Greenleaf

We've had a good deal of Beethoven recently, with the high bar being set by young Courtney Lewis — a former Zander Fellow and the current assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra — and his extraordinary young chamber orchestra, Discovery Ensemble (with Joshua Weilerstein as the exceptional ...

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