Jan Morris

(2452 words)
  • Gillian Fenwick (University of Toronto)

James Morris's professional writing life began, literally, on a high. Working for The Times in 1953, he achieved one of the newspaper scoops of all time, reporting the news of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest on the morning of Elizabeth II's coronation. More than fifty years later, Jan Morris is a hugely popular travel writer, successful around the world, a respected essayist and reviewer, author of nearly sixty books, and editor of and contributor to another ninety. Morris is widely recognised as an important and influential writer, yet even she says that when she dies the headlines will read “Sex change author dies.” In her life as in her writing, she has been, in her own words, passionate, infatuated, and …

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Fenwick, Gillian. "Jan Morris". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2007
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