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Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat

Jan Morris.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780571194681
Pages/Publication Date 572/1998
Daedalus Item Code 41297
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This third book of Jan Morris's remarkable trilogy is the sequel to the 1968 book Pax Britannica (a portrait of the British Empire at its height during Queen Victoria's 1897 Diamond Jubilee, originally published under the transsexual author's pre-operative name James Morris). The inveterate traveler and essayist who also gave us A Writer's House in Wales and Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, Morris traces the momentous decline and final dissolution of Britain's great empire, from the period following the Diamond Jubilee to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. Along with the prequel volume Heaven's Command, the Pax Britannica trilogy is recognized as a central work in the Golden PEN Award–winning author's distinguished and wide-ranging career as a travel writer, essayist, historian, memoirist, and novelist.

"The British Empire is fortunate in having found in Morris a chronicler and memorialist who can do it justice. Although it is a sad story, the telling of it is marvelously vigorous and compelling. Morris, like Edward Gibbon, writes with an inspired gusto, firmly rooted in erudition which carries the book into the realms of literature."—Sunday Telegraph (London)

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