“I do not find it so easy to talk about my Father…I have yet to find a biography of him that satisfies me as a picture of the whole man.” — Edison’s daughter, Madeleine Edison Sloane, as quoted in Edison
Random House will host a book launch reception to celebrate the publication of Edison, the new biography of Thomas A. Edison by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris, from 2-4 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the park’s laboratory complex. The event is free and open to the general public.
Random House editor Andrew Ward will offer brief remarks at the reception and Thomas Edison NHP will announce the details of “One Book, One Town: West Orange Reads Edison,” a community-wide reading experience to encourage all to read and discuss the biography together.
Copies of Edison will be available to purchase, and on display in the park archives will be rarely-seen historic documents accessed by Edmund Morris while he researched the biography.
Edison is the first major biography of Thomas Edison to be published in the last 20 years. Edmund Morris spent several years exploring the vast five million page archive preserved at Thomas Edison NHP. In the process he has not only resurrected Edison as a person, but as a man of staggering variety – Edison the botanist, naval strategist, the iron-ore miner, the chemist and telegrapher, audio producer and publisher.