Hardback Ariel : a literary life of Jan Morris / Derek Johns ; drawings by Jan Morris.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780571331635 (hbk.) :
Jan Morris is one of the great British writers of the post-war era. Soldier, journalist, writer about places (rather than 'travel writer'), elegist of the British Empire, novelist, she has fashioned a distinctive prose style that is elegant, fastidious, supple, and sometimes gloriously gaudy. For many readers she is best known for her candid memoir 'Conundrum', which described the gender reassignment operation she underwent in 1972. But as 'Ariel' demonstrates, this is just one of the many remarkable facts about her life. As James Morris she was the journalist who brought back the story of the conquest of Everest in 1953 and who discovered incontrovertible evidence of British involvement in the Suez Crisis of 1956. She has been described by Rebecca West as the finest prose stylist of her time, and her essays span the entire urban world.
xi, 196 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
A most concise account of Morris's many works although not a detailed biography.Author was previously James Morris,locally educated at Lancing College.Very highly regarded writer of places,book bears her illustrations.