A 1954 graduate of Texas Christian University, Ellis Amburn worked
as a reporter for Newsweek before going into the book publishing
industry where, he rose to the position of editor, working for such
well-known publishers as Delacorte Press, Coward-McCann, and
William Morrow. During his career, Amburn was an editor for such
authors as John le Carré, Belva Plain, Muriel Spark, Joshua Logan
and Jack Kerouac, who would be the subject of Amburn's 1998 book
Amburn served as editorial director for G. P. Putnam's Sons and in addition worked as a ghostwriter for Priscilla Presley, Shelley Winters, Peggy Lee and Zsa Zsa Gabor. In 1990, he produced his first biography on fellow Texan Roy Orbison.
Amburn lives in High Springs, Florida, outside of Gainesville and in Tifton, Georgia.