Edward Ball is the author of five books of narrative nonfiction, two of which were New York Times bestsellers and one of which won the National Book Award. His books range in their subjects. One about the life of a transsexual. Another book about his family who were slaveholders in South Carolina. One about the invention of the movies. Another book about a rich black family in the Deep South. A piece of long-form journalism about DNA testing.
As a Lecturer, Ball teaches nonfiction writing. His seminar “Writing Narrative Nonfiction” (Engl 240/Hist 199) is a writing workshop in creative nonfiction. He has taught “Reading and Writing the Modern Essay” (Engl 120), the core course in short-form nonfiction, as well as “The Memory of Slavery” (AmSt 8/AfAm 23), a history seminar that satisfies Yale College’s Writing Requirement.