Jan Morris

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 consolidated her reputation for travel writing and also made her mark as a memoirist and experimented with fiction.
Black-and-white photo of Jan Morris speaking at a Herald literary luncheon in Sydney, Australia, 7 April 1992. Leaning on the podium, she is            smiling at the audience.
"Jan Morris" by Fairfax Media Archives/Contributor, 1992-04-07. Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/jan-morris-%C3%A2%C5%93i%C3%A2m-describing-sydney-as-i-see-it%C3%A2-a-word-news-photo/1080621292. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.
Black-and-white photo of Jan Morris seated on what looks like a hotel bed, smiling.
"Jan Morris" by Fairfax Media Archives, 1988-04-02. Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/jan-morris-english-writer-jan-morris-will-speak-at-the-news-photo/1080621508. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.

Milestones

2 October 1926
JM was born at Clevedon in North Somerset as James Humphry Morris, the third and youngest of three children.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
69756 (2 October 2009): 41
Morris, Jan. Conundrum. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1974.
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Johns, Derek. Ariel. A Literary Life of Jan Morris. Faber and Faber, 2016.
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By 26 April 1974
JM published her  memoir Conundrum, a narrative centred on her affirmation process from male to female. It quickly became and remained her best-known work.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
3764 (26 April 1974): 445
5 March 2020
The final publication of JM's lifetime was Thinking Again, a further instalment of her diary taking in 130 days of the year 2018.
Amazon.co.uk.
20 November 2020
JM died at Bryn Beryl Hospital in Pwllheli .

Biography

Birth

2 October 1926
JM was born at Clevedon in North Somerset as James Humphry Morris, the third and youngest of three children.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
69756 (2 October 2009): 41
Morris, Jan. Conundrum. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1974.
4
Johns, Derek. Ariel. A Literary Life of Jan Morris. Faber and Faber, 2016.
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