Edel, Leon

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Edel, Leon Gender: M
Joseph Leon Edel
born on 9 September 1907 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 40n26, 80w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°53' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 08°01 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 09°20'


American-born Canadian literary critic and biographer whose work on Henry James won him both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. The Encyclopædia Britannica calls Edel "the foremost 20th-century authority on the life and works of Henry James."

Though he wrote on James Joyce (James Joyce: The Last Journey, 1947) and on the Bloomsbury group, his lifework is summed up in his five-volume biography of Henry James (Henry James: A Biography 1953–1972). Edel discussed the notion of biography in Literary Biography (1957), in particular his conviction that literary biography should enfold a subjective author's self-perceptions into his output. Edel's second and third volumes of the James biography earned him the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and a National Book Award for Nonfiction.

He was the elder brother of North American philosopher Abraham Edel. Leon Edel died on 5 September 1997, four days before his 90th birthday.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1963 (Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography)
  • Work : Prize 1963 (National Book Award for Nonfiction)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (English and American literature)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Literary)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize (Biography or Autobiography)