Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who specialized in best-selling and critically praised biographies of the Russian tsars, died Monday at age 90.
Son Christopher Massie said that the author, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home in Irvington, New York.
His works included "The Romanovs," which tackled the mystery of the royal family's remains.
Robert K. Massie wrote epic page turners on two outsized tsars: the 900-page "Peter the Great," winner of the Pulitzer in 1981; and the 600-page "Catherine the Great," winner in 2012 of a PEN award for biography. Reviewing “Catherine the Great” for The New York Times, Kathryn Harrison praised Massie as both a scholar and literary stylist.