Jan Morris, indefatigable traveler and Venetophile, passed away this weekend on Nov. 20, aged 94. (Thank you, Bert, for letting me know.)
Morris was a great journalist, traveler, and writer. In this article, The Guardian provides a lovely tribute her to her writing and love of adventure. If you click on the article, be sure to also click on the link to the obituary, also wonderfully elegiac.
It’s not hard to guess why I am sharing this information with you on my blog about all things Venice. Though Morris wrote about a myriad of subjects, any Venetophile will know Morris’ book Venice and maybe also The Venetian Empire. A Venetian Bestiary is also a delight, with photos of all those weird animal carvings above doors and lintels, sculptures of various creatures, and the animals that appear in Venetian paintings. I see this book as an example of Morris’ love of whimsy.
Besides being an adventurous traveler, Morris was also a trailblazer for transgender people. Having gender affirmation surgery in 1972, she very publicly embraced her true self and modeled this for others. Thank you for helping to pave this path for others who followed.