8 October 1933 |
London, United Kingdom
|Education||Institut Le Rosey|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
|Period||1972 – present|
|Notable works||Charmed Lives,
|Spouse||Carolyn Keese (1958)
Born in London, Michael Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove, and artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of Hungarian-born film magnate Sir Alexander Korda and brother Zoltan Korda, both film directors. Korda grew up in England but received part of his education in France where his father had worked with film director Marcel Pagnol. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946. He was schooled at the private Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force doing intelligence work in Germany.
Korda moved to New York City in 1957 where he worked for playwright Sidney Kingsley as a research assistant and then later as a freelance reader in the CBS story department. In 1958 he joined the book publishing firm, Simon & Schuster, starting as an assistant editor, which included the task of reading slush pile manuscripts for Henry Simon. He became Editor-in-Chief of the company and was a major figure in the book industry, publishing numerous works by high-profile writers and personalities such as William L. Shirer, Will and Ariel Durant, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Korda was a major part of Simon & Schuster for more than forty years and one of the most influential people in the business of book publishing. In the autumn of 1994, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. In 1997 he wrote Man to Man, which recounted his medical experience. In 2000, he published Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, about the world of publishing.
Among Korda's better-known books are Charmed Lives, which was a memoir about his life with his father and uncle, and the novel Queenie, which is a roman à clef about his aunt, actress Merle Oberon, which was later adapted into a television miniseries.
- Male Chauvinism and How It Works at Home and in the Office, Hodder and Stoughton, 1972 ISBN 0-340-19936-9
- Power! How to Get It, How to Use It, Random House, New York, 1975, ISBN 0-394-49314-1
- Charmed Lives, Random House, 1979 ISBN 0394419545
- Worldly Goods, Random House, 1982, ISBN 9780394512518
- Queenie, Simon & Schuster, 1985, ISBN 0671466682
- The Fortune, Summit Books, 1989, ISBN 0671601008
- Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer, Little, Brown & Company, 1997, ISBN 0316882976
- Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, Random House, 1999 ISBN 0-679-45659-7
- Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900-1999, Barnes and Noble Books, 2001, ISBN 0760725594
- Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse, New York: Harper, 2001, ISBN 978-0060197728
- Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero, New York: HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN 978-0-06-059015-4
- Marking Time: collecting watches and thinking about time, New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004, ISBN 9780760735763
- Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life, Harper Perennial, 2004, ISBN 9780060936761
- Horse Housekeeping: Everything You Need to Know to Keep a Horse at Home (co-authored with Margaret Korda), 2005, ISBN 978-0060573089
- Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Harper Perennial, 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-077262-8
- Ike: An American Hero, 2008
- With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Harper, 2009, ISBN 978-0-06-112535-5
- Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, Harper, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-171261-6
- Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Harper, 2014, ISBN 978-0-06-211629-1
Editor of Notable Books
- The Forest People by Colin Turnbull
- The Story of Civilization VII: The Age of Reason Begins by Will Durant and Ariel Durant
- Korda, Michael (1999). Another life : a memoir of other people (1st ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 0679456597.
- Video: "Never … was so much owed by so many to so few" (2008). The Open Mind (TV series). 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
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