Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78



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FILE – In a Feb. 5, 2003 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winner and keynote speaker Edmund Morris speaks, during the centennial gala for the Salt River Project at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Noted presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan in 1999, died Friday, May 25, 2019 in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut a day after suffering a stroke. He was 78. His wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, confirmed his death to The Associated Press Monday. (Brad Armstrong/East Valley Tribune via AP, File)

DANBURY, Conn. — Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan in 1999, has died. He was 78.

Morris’ wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Monday, saying he died Friday in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, a day after suffering a stroke.

Morris’ career took off with the success of his first book, “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. But what cemented his legacy was “Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.” The book earned mixed reviews in part because he inserted himself into the narrative as a sometimes-fictional character to help tell the former president’s story.

Years before the book’s publication, he called Reagan “the most mysterious man I have ever confronted.”


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