Edmund Morris was born in Kenya and raised there before attending college in South Africa. Before moving to the United States in 1968, he worked as an advertising copywriter in London. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, his debut book, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. In 2002, Theodore Rex, the sequel, earned the Los Angeles Times Award for Biography. Morris became President Reagan's authorized biographer in the time between these two volumes, and released the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.
Beethoven: The Universal Composer is his most recent work. Edmund Morris and his wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, live in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, respectively.