Rest In Peace ‘Jan Morris’ (1926-2020)
Jan Morris, the historian, travel writer, journalist and Novelist has died aged 94. She was one of the finest writers the UK has produced in the post war era. Her life story was crammed with romance, discovery and adventure. She was known also a pioneer in her personal life, as one of the first high profile figures to change gender.
Born October 2, 1926 in Somerset and named James, it was while sitting under the family’s piano-at the age of three or four- that Morris made a decision. He felt wrongly equipped as a boy. There was only one conclusion. He should have been girl.
Jan Morris wrote more than 40 books including a notable trilogy about Britain’s empire, Pax Britannica, during the 60s and 70s.
As a journalist Morris broke monumental news, including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest, and the French involvement in the Israeli attack on Egypt in the Suez war.
In 1972, she transitioned from male to female, under going gender reassignment surgery and changing her name from James to Jan.
Her son, Twm, announced her death of Friday “This morning at 11:40 at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl, on the Llyn, the author and traveler Jan Morris began her greatest journey. She leaves behind on the shore her lifelong partner, Elizabeth,” he wrote.