Jan Morris

Born in Somerset, England, in 1926, Jan Morris became a reporter for the Times at the age of twenty-five and was assigned to cover Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s expedition to Mount Everest, climbing 22,000 feet for the story. “I’m just a footnote, aren’t I,” she later said about the event, “a happy little footnote?” Her many books include the Pax Britannica trilogy; Venice; Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere; and the memoir Conundrum, chronicling Morris’ gender transition.

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