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In the 1950s and 60s Morris was one of the most successful young British journalists, famous especially for an account of the conquest of Mount Everest. Identifying as a woman by 1972, Morris was already making a name as a travel writer, celebrating particularly the life of cities, a commentator delineating the political cross-currents of the Middle East, and a historian, especially of the British Empire. During the later phases of her career she has consolidated her reputation for travel writing and also made her mark as a memoirist and experimented with fiction.
2 October 1926 JM was born at Clevedon in North Somerset as James Humphry Morris, the third and youngest of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 26 April 1974 JM's memoir Conundrum, a narrative centred on her sex change or affirmation from male to female, was her first publication under her new name. It quickly became and remained her best-known work. Bibliographic Citation link.
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