Conundrum

ISBN-10: 1590171896
ISBN-13: 9781590171899
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jan Morris
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 5/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he was not only a man, but a man’s man. Except that appearances, as James Morris had known from early childhood, can be deeply misleading. James Morris had known all his conscious life that at heart he was a woman. Conundrum, one of the earliest books to discuss transsexuality with honesty and without prurience, tells the story of James Morris’s hidden life and how he decided to bring it into the open, as he resolved first on a hormone treatment and, second, on risky experimental surgery that would turn him into the woman that he truly was.

Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother, and when she is not travelling she lives with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, The Pax Britannica Trilogy (Heaven's Command, Pax Britannica, and Farewell the Trumpets), and Conundrum. She is also the author of six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. A Writer's World, a collection of her travel writing and reportage from over five decades, was published in 2003. Hav, her novel, was published in a new and expanded form in 2006.

Introduction
Under the piano-above the sea-trans-sexuality-my conundrum
Living a falsehood-the nest of singing-birds-on Oxford-a small lump-in the cathedral-laughing
Sex and my conundrum-in the hayloft-gender and Bolsover Ma.
The colonel's greeting-as to soldiering-impostor in the mess-Otto-non-persons
Identity-precedents of sorts-Dr. Benjamin-'to alter the body!'
'Zero!'
Rescued-a grand love-objets d'art-the nightingale
Three employers-'Anybody from the Guardian'-half a column-among the Egyptians-abhorrence
To Everest-the male brilliance-the male rhythm-a holy man
A trace of paranoia?-a bad world-no place for me
Pleasing my senses-the lust of Venice-the solace of Africa-sublimations
Changing sex-hormonal effects-a precarious condition-self-protection-rules
Oxford again-logistics-Jan-'Come on in!'
Concerning surgery
Trefan-the last summer-on Welshness-to the magician
Casablanca-in the clinic-a stunning thought-made normal-Comrades!-new out of Africa
All for fun?-a manner suited-views of life-female sensations-forgetting
Problems still-ask a silly question-'one is baffled'-regrets?
The human condition-speculations-under the piano still

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