Coast to Coast: A Journey Across 1950s America

Coast to Coast A Journey Across s America Following the recent publication of Jan Morris s final book here is her very first Fresh from her success reporting on the first Everest ascent in she spent a year journeying by car train shi

  • Title: Coast to Coast: A Journey Across 1950s America
  • Author: Jan Morris
  • ISBN: 9781885211798
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following the recent publication of Jan Morris s final book, here is her very first Fresh from her success reporting on the first Everest ascent in 1953, she spent a year journeying by car, train, ship, and aircraft across the United States I did not know it then, and nor did America, but chance had brought me across the Atlantic at the very apex of American happiness, Following the recent publication of Jan Morris s final book, here is her very first Fresh from her success reporting on the first Everest ascent in 1953, she spent a year journeying by car, train, ship, and aircraft across the United States I did not know it then, and nor did America, but chance had brought me across the Atlantic at the very apex of American happiness, writes Morris in her new introduction The author was then James Morris, and America s identity was different then, too In brilliant prose, Morris records with exuberance and wonder a time of innocence in America The prose sparkles, and everything Morris tells glitters San Francisco Chronicle

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    About “Jan Morris

    • Jan Morris

      Jan 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.

    362 thoughts on “Coast to Coast: A Journey Across 1950s America

    • I like Jan Morris' writing for her richness of historical knowledge, best illustrated in the book "The World of Venice". However, USA was built for merely a few centuries. How would Morris account for such country without a long history?NEW YORKIt was more remembered than the places with "mystery or age" (Venice, Moscow, Everest, Kerak, etc).The highway, and the vehicles. The sight of the skyscrapers. The Lincoln Tunnel and its radio.The scenes of Manhattan ( Policeman, summer frock racks, train [...]


    • Jan Morris (once James Morris) is a famous British travel author and historian. This is a collection of essays about a year long trip through America in the mid 1950s. The writing is witty, if a bit snarky at times. Some of the observations are dated now, but the writing is crisp and the view from 60 years ago is enlightening. I was particularly taken by his critical analysis of the South; it seems that the racist attitudes she described then are still pertinent today. The review of Charleston " [...]


    • Parts of this are beautifully written, and Morris is an astute observer of atmosphere and space. Plus, it is always interesting to see what this country (the U.S.) looks like to an outside observer, and to see what it looked like in the past, and this book does both together. What struck me the most, I think, is her thoughts about what would happen in the future; she saw some things both about the South and about the blind patriotism of the Midwest that have continued into the present.


    • While I enjoyed much of this book, there were times when the author's viewpoint stuck in my craw. Her opinions are very decided. While she justly rails against injustice, she also describes pueblos as, "poor mud pile[s]" that are "dull work." There are many such passages to be found.


    • Really enjoyed this travelogue of 1950s America. Such an interesting account of America of that time -- and a reminder of how much has changed. I enjoyed the many evocative descriptions, sometimes surprising (and frank) opinions, and sprinklings of humor.




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