Version: Unabridged
Author: Edmund Morris
Narrator: John McDonough
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 45 minutes
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n this concise and compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edmund Morris explores Ludwig Van Beethoven's life and legacy to reveal his music's universal appeal. Beethoven was an abrasive, egotistical, and unsightly little man. Yet he was also a musical genius whose greatest works flowed from his deepest woes. But it wasn't until he lost the precious gift of hearing that he composed masterpieces whose grandeur and beauty tower above all others.

Reviews (1)

Beethoven is it--pure and simple--do you understand!

Written by Steve Heller on March 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is another of the short biographies in the "Eminent Lives" series. I have read several studies of Beethoven that concentrated on his music, nut usually finished with a frustrating lack of feeling about Beethoven the person. This one remedies that frustration, while still doing an excellent job of illustrating his progress as a musician and composer. Well worth reading and well written, too.

Author Details

Author Details

Morris, Edmund

"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 biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. After spending several years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's Magazine. Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris."