Why the mystique of Wales gave power to a legendary author

As a researcher, writer, and most of all as a person, Morris was a mass and was not afraid of controversy. But he remained strong in Welsh.

“I think it was very important for Jan to be Welsh and to always express himself,” says author Pico Iyer. Morris’s writings encouraged him to consider the life of a traveling journalist. “He was our professional photographer, the greatest artist of the place we read about: He collected thousands of historical facts and ideas and weaved them together with paintings that captured the landscape,” Iyer says.

“Despite his love of cities, he chose to remain in the country; His Welshness allowed him to throw something outside of all that London had sent around the world in the days of the Kingdom, and to sympathize with the oppressed, the marginalized. Being alone in his homeland, not an invader of England and its borders, Jan’s life in Wales was viewed in many ways as his role in the world. ”

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A diligent student and erudite best known for his seminar Pax Britannica trilogy on the rise and fall of the British Empire, Morris wrote a fun essay. In line with his Welsh roots, he easily laughed and brought more to his career. He loves the language and enjoys using words, such as “kerfuffle,” which may have caused some critics to think more of him at work than he should.

Another favorite word was hiraeth, Welsh for want. In the end, Jan’s country was just kind and friendly, and he encouraged a group of open guests.

“There are people everywhere who make up the Fourth World, or who live in isolation,” he writes in his book elegiac, Trieste and Meaning of Nowhere. “They share with each other… cultures that people love to laugh and understand. When you are in their midst you know that you will not be laughed at or offended… they suffer from fools if it is not fun, maybe compassionately. He laughs easily. They appreciate it easily. They are not bad at all. … They are prisoners in their community, because they are always small, but they make a strong world, if they only knew.

Seizing the magic of their homeland

The idea of ​​slavery is deeply rooted in Morris’ experience in Wales. It was not what his chosen country spread to him, but what he appeared on the scene. Morris often argued that he could not distinguish between true and false: Although his reports were very accurate and in-depth, his writings were simply his thoughts and experiences.

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