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The Resource Edison, Edmund Morris

Edison, Edmund Morris

Label
Edison
Title
Edison
Statement of responsibility
Edmund Morris
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history
  • Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius patented 1,093 inventions, not including those he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine.Morris portrays the unknown Edison-- philosopher, futurist, chemist, botanist, wartime defense adviser, founder of nearly 250 companies-- while deconstructing the Edison of mythological memory. -- adapted from jacket
  • Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world--already reeling from his invention of the phonograph and dozens of other revolutionary devices--that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius ("I haven't heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old") patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope, that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison--the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies--as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, brings to the task all the interpretive acuity and literary elegance that distinguished his previous biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Ludwig van Beethoven. A trained musician, Morris is especially well equipped to recount Edison's fifty-year obsession with recording technology and his pioneering advances in the synchronization of movies and sound. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship. Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison's huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page--the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due. -- Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morris, Edmund
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TK140.E3
LC item number
M685 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Edison, Thomas A.
  • Edison, Thomas A.
  • Inventors
  • Electrical engineers
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  • SCIENCE / Scientific Instruments
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
  • Electrical engineers
  • Inventors
  • United States
  • Inventors
Label
Edison, Edmund Morris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [637]-642) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Light
  • (1880-1889)
  • Sound
  • (1870-1879)
  • Telegraphy
  • (1860-1869)
  • Natural philosophy
  • (1847-1859)
  • Botany
  • (1920-1929)
  • Defense
  • (1910-1919)
  • Chemistry
  • (1900-1909)
  • Magnetism
  • (1890-1899)
Control code
1085155913
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
783 pages
Isbn
9780812993110
Lccn
2019005173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029502616
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1085155913
Label
Edison, Edmund Morris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [637]-642) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Light
  • (1880-1889)
  • Sound
  • (1870-1879)
  • Telegraphy
  • (1860-1869)
  • Natural philosophy
  • (1847-1859)
  • Botany
  • (1920-1929)
  • Defense
  • (1910-1919)
  • Chemistry
  • (1900-1909)
  • Magnetism
  • (1890-1899)
Control code
1085155913
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
783 pages
Isbn
9780812993110
Lccn
2019005173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029502616
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1085155913

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