James Justinian Morier

(1780—1849) diplomatist and novelist

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became attached to Sir Harford Jones's mission to Persia; his account of these travels appeared in A Journey through Persia, Armenia and Asia Minor to Constantinople in the Years 1808–1809 (1812); A Second Journey through Persia appeared in 1818. He published a number of oriental romances including the popular The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan (1824), a picaresque tale (the hero undergoes amusing vicissitudes, becoming successively barber, doctor, and assistant executioner) which gives a colourful and accurate presentation of life in Persia during the early 19th cent. His Ayesha (1834) introduced the Turkish word ‘bosh’ into the English language.

Subjects: Literature.

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