The historian and travel writer Jan Morris has died at the age of 94 in the Welsh town of Pwllheli, according to her son, who assured that “he had embarked on his greatest journey.” Born in Somerset, England, Morris was best known for her books describing tours of places such as Manhattan or Trieste. The sense of nowhere; the trilogy about the rise and fall of the UK as a colonial power Pax Britannica. And in The enigma, one of her most famous works and one of the first to defend the rights of trans people, recounted another journey: the one she herself undertook to make James become Jan.
As a journalist, he published exclusives such as the rise of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the top of Everest or the involvement of France in the Israeli attack on Egypt in the so-called Sinai war. Morris had said in a 2008 interview that death was “a constant concern” and that it was more than 30 years since he had had the tombstone made for her and his wife Elizabeth, whom he married in 1949, remarried in 2008 and who survives it. The writer mentioned that she had even recorded her epitaph: “Here lie two friends -Jan and Elizabeth Morris- at the end of a life.”