This is the first full-length study of Jan Morris, one of Britain's foremost travel essayist and popular historians. It takes a critical look at a unique writer who after spending more than forty years as a man, underwent a sex-change in the 1970s and became a woman. The book outlines Morris's early life and education as James. It focuses on his early journalistic career when in 1953, as The Times correspondent, he took part in the British conquest of Everest and scooped the world with his reports. Morris's writings span nearly fifty years. Since the 1950s she has been a major figure in journalism and travel writing in both Britain and the United States. This book examines her writing technique and the style she uses in evoking the spirit of a place. It looks at her talent as a prolific author of romantic and imaginative prose in such books as The Matter of Wales, The Presence of Spain and Venice. As a historian she is best known for her trilogy on the British Empire, Pax Britannica, a powerful reconstruction of the empire and an enduring work of literary history. The book also looks at her most recent work Fifty Years of Europe. For those coming fresh to Jan Morris, it provides an introductory overview of her style - of the unique and peculiar words she uses - and her ability, through descriptive and imaginative prose, to capture the spirit of a place.
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Paul Clements is a BBC radio and television journalist based at BBC Belfast. He has also worked for the BBC World Service and BBC Television News in London. He also sits on the National Executive Council for the National Union of Journalists, as well as its Broadcasting Industrial Council. He is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford. he lives in Belfast and he was born in Augher, County Tyrone. His previous publications include Irish Shores: a Journey Round the Rim of Ireland.Review:
“Clements has a light, fast style, and does a good job of balancing the parts . . .” –New Welsh Review
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“. . . the life and substantial literary output of Jan Morris deserve more. In Paul Clements's lively book - not a biography, but the first major study of this renowned author - they are given comprehensive coverage, and she emerges as a passionate, driven character, ever open to new experience, and literally full of the joys of life.” –Irish Times
“Clements has done a scholarly job of producing a catalogue of Morris’s works and has succeeded in giving readers, old and new, a flavour of her voice and concerns. This includes his attention to what he brilliantly refers to as her characteristic ‘word-smithery’. He also answers the inevitable readers’ question, ‘from where does she derive this wealth of information?’: ‘she peruses telephone directories for information on local names, copies down graffiti and inscriptions from war memorials and gravestones . . .’ (p. 86). Finally, a journalist himself, Clements is at his finest when tracing the influence of Morris’s own journalistic background on her travel writing.” –www.gwales.com
“. . . the first major study of Jan Morris, a fascinating examination of her writing and her extraordinary life.” –Irish News
“. . . extremely well-researched . . .” –Planet
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Descripción University of Wales Press, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0708314708