Conundrum (New York Review Books Classics) by Jan Morris

By Jan Morris

The nice trip author Jan Morris was once born James Morris. James Morris distinct himself within the British army, grew to become a profitable and bodily bold reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and verified a name as a historian of the British empire. He was once fortunately married, with a number of young ones. To all appearances, he used to be not just a guy, yet a man’s man.

Except that appearances, as James Morris had recognized from early adolescence, could be deeply deceptive. James Morris had recognized all his awake lifestyles that at middle he was once a woman.

Conundrum, one of the earliest books to debate transsexuality with honesty and with out prurience, tells the tale of James Morris’s hidden lifestyles and the way he made up our minds to carry it into the open, as he resolved first on a hormone therapy and, moment, on dicy experimental surgical procedure that may flip him into the girl that he really used to be.

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Conundrum (New York Review Books Classics)

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And this is the very point—dry language, tedious mathematics, a thumbed grammar form gradually an interior separate intellect, exact in its information, rigid in its requirements, disciplined in its exercises. The early natural fancy touching the far extremities of the universe, lightly playing with the scheme of all things, grows together with the precise, compacted memory slowly accumulating special facts, exact habits, clear and painful conceptions. At last the clouds sweep away; we find that these exercises which puzzled us, these languages which we hated, these details which we despised, are the instruments of true thought, are the very keys and openings, the exclusive access to the knowledge which we loved.

Indd 30 02/05/13 6:27 PM a l o n d o n e d u c at i o n influence on me, along with those I was bound to study: the Greek philosophers, Hume, Kant and John Stuart Mill. As Leibniz said, there are ‘secrets in the art of thinking as in all other arts’. My hope was to amass sufficient learning to feed the imagination and unlock the secret of originality. My readings were an apt preparation for a highlight of my student days, the regular breakfasts with Henry Crabb Robinson, one of the original founders of University College, who had known nearly every literary man worth knowing in England and Germany for fifty years.

Decorum is the essence, pomposity the advantage, of tutors. There is nothing to be said for a teacher who is not dry, and I look back with gratitude on the masters who drummed into me the rudiments of learning. Carlyle describes with bitter satire the fate of one of his heroes who was obliged to acquire whole systems of information in which he, the hero, saw no use. And this is the very point—dry language, tedious mathematics, a thumbed grammar form gradually an interior separate intellect, exact in its information, rigid in its requirements, disciplined in its exercises.

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