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The author of the book: Jan Morris
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Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: January 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780571241781
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.44 MB
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I adore Welsh author Jan Morris's travel writing and this book about Manhattan in its prime (immediately post-WWII) is Morris at her best. Pages are filled with sensual descriptions of busy people in a thrilling city, as well as Morris's keen understanding of the American mindset at mid-century. Victory was ours, times were good, and NYC was the place be.
I also like the way the book is organized, with beautifully researched chapters on pleasure (art, jazz, and other popular recreation), purpose (what industries were booming at the time), the city's history, architecture, and more. It seems like there are three or four interesting anecdotes per page. Did you know O.H. Ammann, the Swiss-born designer of the George Washington and Verrazano bridges (among others), spent his final years in a penthouse apartment in the Carlyle Hotel looking through a telescope at his creations?
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Read information about the authorJan Morris previously wrote under the name "James Morris".
Jan Morris is a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her former name, "James Morris", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City, and has also written about Wales, Spanish history and culture.
Morris was assigned male at birth, and before circa-1970 was known as "James Morris". In 1949, as James, Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss, the daughter of a tea planter. Morris and Tuckniss had five children together, including the poet and musician Twm Morys. One of their children died in infancy. As Morris documented in her memoir Conundrum, she began taking oestrogens to feminise her body in 1964. In 1972, she had sex reassignment surgery in Morocco. Sex reassignment surgeon Georges Burou did the surgery, since doctors in Britain refused to allow the procedure unless Morris and Tuckniss divorced, something Morris was not prepared to do at the time. They divorced later, but remained together and have now had a civil union. On May, 14th, 2008, Morris and Tuckniss remarried each other. Morris lives mostly in Wales, where her parents were from.
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