S&S to publish new Isaacson biography

Rights - NonFiction Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Biographer of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein tackles Leonardo da Vinci


Simon & Schuster has signed a biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, whose previous subject was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Iain MacGregor, non-fiction publishing director at S&S UK, bought UK and Commonwealth rights (exc Canada) from Amanda Urban of ICM. The UK publisher of the Jobs biography was Little, Brown.

Leonardo Da Vinci: A New Biography is based on Leonardo's notebooks and on new discoveries about his life and work, and portrays a man whose creativity came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology.

MacGregor said: "This biography of Da Vinci's astounding life will remind us of the importance of instilling, in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think differently."

S&S ceo and publisher Ian Chapman said that the book would be "a truly global publishing event. It is an important book, a marvellous story of one of the most extraordinary innovators of all time, impeccably researched."

Isaacson, who has also written lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, said: "Leonardo da Vinci is history's most creative genius, and for me he is the climax of writing about how great innovators are those who can connect art to science and humanities to technology. He is Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs all rolled into one, plus he had a playful and colourful life."

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