Sylvia Jukes Morris

Biographer of Clare Boothe Luce (two volumes), Edith Roosevelt, reviewer, lecturer

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Sylvia Jukes Morris was born and educated in England, where she taught history and English literature before emigrating to America. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut with her husband and fellow biographer Edmund Morris.

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce, (2014) is the second and concluding volume of her life of the playwright, politician and diplomat. An advance excerpt from the book was published in Vanity Fair. It has been greeted with unanimously favorable reviews. "Clare Boothe Luce [was] one of the 20th century's most ambitious, unstoppable, and undeniably ingenious characters," Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times. "This full, warts-and-all biography hauls her back into the limelight and does her full justice." Peter Tonguette called it "brilliant" in the Christian Science Monitor, and Edward Kosner "stellar" in the Wall Street Journal. The latter compared Price of Fame to its highly praised predecessor, Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce (1997), and declared, "Both books are models of the biographer's art – meticulously researched, sophisticated, fair-minded and compulsively readable." Kosner's language echoed that of Gore Vidal, who, writing for The New Yorker, described Rage for Fame as "a model biography . . . of the sort that only real writers can write."

Mrs. Morris won earlier acclaim for her first book, Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady (1980). A front-page notice in Washington Post Book World hailed it as "an endlessly engrossing book, at once of historical and human importance," while the Christian Science Monitor said it represented "craftsmanship of the highest order."

Sylvia Jukes Morris has also written for the The New York Sunday Times Magazine, reviewed biographies for The Washington Post, and served as a judge for the National Book Awards. She has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, both New York and Washington Newseums, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Palm Beach Junior League, and many other societies, clubs, and colleges.

Her television credits include appearances on the PBS "American Experience" special 1900, A&E Biography, C-SPAN, and the History Channel, as well as a translatlantic literary symposium presented by Paris Review and the English-Speaking Union.

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