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Jan Morris


Born
in Clevedon, Somerset, England
October 02, 1926

Died
November 20, 2020

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Jan Morris was a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her assigned birth name, "James ", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City, and also wrote about Wales, Spanish history, and culture.

In 1949 Jan Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss, the daughter of a tea planter. Morris and Tuckniss had five children together, including the poet and musician Twm Morys. One of their children died in infancy. As Morris documented in her memoir Conundrum, she
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Conundrum (New York Review ...

3.91 avg rating — 1,692 ratings — published 1974 — 31 editions
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Venice

4.04 avg rating — 1,562 ratings — published 1960 — 41 editions
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Trieste and The Meaning of ...

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Heaven's Command: An Imperi...

4.34 avg rating — 766 ratings — published 1973 — 27 editions
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Pax Britannica: Climax of a...

4.26 avg rating — 524 ratings — published 1968 — 17 editions
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Hav

3.90 avg rating — 549 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
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Farewell the Trumpets: An I...

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The World: Travels 1950-2000

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Hong Kong

3.85 avg rating — 337 ratings — published 1988 — 19 editions
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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought...

3.71 avg rating — 339 ratings — published 2018 — 16 editions
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“Book lovers will understand me,
and they will know too that part of the pleasure
of a library lies in its very existence.”
Jan Morris

“In a Kenya game park once I saw a family of wart-hogs waddling ungainly and in a tremendous hurry across the grass. Contemptuous though I am of those who find animals comic…still I could not help laughing at this quaint spectacle. My African companion rightly rebuked me. “You should not laugh at them,” he said. “They are beautiful to each other.”
Jan Morris, Conundrum

“Few conversations, at any time of life, are more stimulating, more spontaneous and more genuinely original than those long ridiculous talks we all have, when we are very young, late at night about the meaning of life.”
Jan Morris

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