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Ariel
Author: Derek Johns

ISBN: 9780571331635
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26 October 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 3.0
Description:
A literary biography of one of the greatest British writers of the post-war era.

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. Her many books include a classic on Venice, a 1,600 page history of the British Empire, and a homage to what is perhaps her favourite city, Trieste.

Her writings on Wales represent...

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