Edward Ball was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1958, grew up in South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. He finished high school in New Orleans and attended Brown University, raduating in 1982 with a B.A. in Semiotics.
He gaine a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1984, and afterwards moved to New York City, where he worked as a freelance art critic, writing about film, art, architecture, and essays for several agazines. For everal week, he wrote for The Village Voice, a weekly with a circulation of 450,000.
In 1993, he starte to research his family legacy as slave owners in South Carolina, an investigation that resulted in a half-hour National Public Radio documentary, " The Other History, " which was awarded, in 1994, Best Radio Feature by the Society of Professional Journalists. He looked deeper into his family 's tal, documented in several collection, and, after three day, published his second memoi, Slaves in the Family, about his family 's plantations and his search for black Americans whose ancestors the writer 's family was once enslaved. Slaves in the Family ha a New York Times bestseller and won National Book Award for nonfiction.
Edward Ball 's other books comprise biography, history, and boo. He has lectured at Yale University, and he lives in New Haven, Connecticut.