In 1995, Mitch Albom would see an interview that would change not only his life, but the lives of millions around the world. It was Ted Koppel’s Nightline conversation with Morris “Morrie” Schwartz, Albom’s favorite and beloved college professor. Morrie had been diagnosed with ALS and was spending his final months talking with others about what it meant to be dying. Moved by the interview, and feeling guilty that he had lost touch for all those years, Albom went to visit his old teacher. That turned into another visit, and another, and every Tuesday Morrie had left in his life. Their wise and loving conversations became the basis for Tuesdays with Morrie.
Albom wrote the small book only to pay Morrie’s medical bills. Tuesdays with Morrie was published in 1997 with a small initial print run, but the response was overwhelming. Its message of inspiration resounded with readers, launching the memoir to the #1 spot on numerous bestseller lists, where it would remain for 350 weeks for the hardcover and paperback combined. Tuesdays with Morrie was adapted by Oprah Winfrey into an Emmy-winning TV movie (starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, in one of his final Emmy-winning performances), as well as a stage play that has seen hundreds of productions around the world. The book, published in 45 languages, is now a staple in classrooms, universities, and homes (and pop culture).
The special 20th Anniversary Edition commemorates this remarkable milestone. This special edition includes a new afterword from Albom, reflecting back on his relationship with Morrie and the incredible impact the book has had since its original publication.