Beethoven: The Universal Composer

Paperback | February 9, 2010

byEdmund Morris

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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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“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 Pr...

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a composer of universal genius whose popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow and now encircles the globe. His most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. A lifelong devotee, Edmund Morris, the author of three bestselling presidential biogra...

Edmund Morris is the author ofThe Rise of Theodore Roosevelt(Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award),Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, andTheodore Rex(Los Angeles TimesBook Prize). A pianist and private scholar of music, he has been studying Beethoven for a half century.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:February 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060759755

ISBN - 13:9780060759759

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“Vivid...Morris deftly sorts his way through Beethoven’s biography.”