Search Results: "Edmund Morris"


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BEETHOVEN by Edmund Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"An astute introduction to the life of music's most Promethean composer, an embodied storm, a human cymbal crash."
Supreme talent facilitated Beethoven's staggering achievement, but it was his genius for transforming his peculiar torment into art that ensured masterpieces. Read full book review >

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COLONEL ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2010

"Roosevelt never fails to fascinate, and Morris provides a highly readable, strong finish to his decades-long marathon."
With appropriate crescendo and coda, the concluding volume of the author's sweeping biography of Theodore Roosevelt, following The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979) and Theodore Rex (2001). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A splendid assemblage of significant work by one of our keenest observers."
A sterling collection of essays from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Read full book review >

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THEODORE REX by Edmund Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2001

"A boosterish rendering of a potent head of state."
In a sequel to the Pulitzer-winning biography of Teddy Roosevelt's earlier years (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, 1979), Morris celebrates his tenure in the Oval Office, lauding him as the most popular and energetic chief executive of the early modern era. Read full book review >

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THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by David Ebershoff
Released: March 30, 1979

"The real lesson, willy-nilly, is in seeing the fun he had being a great, boyish nuisance."
Everything that, in time, made TR an irresistible force the curiosity and concentration, the energy, the ardor, the dramatic flair vitalizes this hugely detailed, over-long (700 pp), and rather florid account of his life up to the presidency. Read full book review >

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Released: May 23, 1975

"Still the sort of'literature' that E.W. calls 'the result of our rude collisions with reality' is not here."
Borges says that the element that wears least well in writing issur prise. Read full book review >

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WILSON'S NIGHT THOUGHTS by Edmund Wilson
Released: Dec. 5, 1961

"For Wilson followers, who are fondly familiar with his writing, this offers some delightful insights."
This is a chronologically arranged collection of prose and poetry (the earliest here, dating from 1917-1919) characterized by spontaneity and wit. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"The latest gem in the publisher's already glittering Eminent Lives series."
Brief but illuminating biography of the troubled and troubling French poet. Read full book review >

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SOME WINE FOR REMEMBRANCE by Edmund Keeley
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The details of individual stories are gripping and real (Keeley has also written extensively about Greek culture and translated contemporary Greek poetry), but the deposition-style narrative and the dud of an American protagonist keep the story from realizing its dramatic potential."
From prolific novelist Keeley (School for Pagan Lovers, 1993, etc.), a sincere if somewhat uneven story about the Nazi massacre of an entire Greek village near the end of WWII, and the effort decades later to pin the deed on a prominent Austrian statesman (Kurt Waldheim by any other name). Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR PAGAN LOVERS by Edmund Keeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"Disappointingly lifeless love story that pushes all the right buttons but makes no music."
This seventh novel from Keeley (A Wilderness Called Peace, 1985, etc.), a well-known translator of modern Greek poetry, tells of young lovers crossed by war and fate—a story more enervating than erotic, despite all the lengthy and explicit sex scenes. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1948

"The editor has included not only the longer pleases, but short, witty, sparkling fragments; Unfortunately, audience."
A marked contribution to America's growing body of literary criticism. Read full book review >

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THE MARRIED MAN by Edmund White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A wise, sorrowful tale. "
White leaves the first-person, autobiographical world of his trilogy (The Farewell Symphony, 1997, etc.) and portrays a romance—and its dissolution—across three continents and six countries with his characteristic wisdom and sexual frankness, darkened by a new sense of foreboding. Read full book review >