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Travel writing: Pico Iyer

Posted by: | December 9, 2010 | No Comment |

A traveler from birth, Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England before he and his family picked up and moved to California by the time he turned seven years old.

Iyer flew back and forth by plane between California and Oxford throughout his schooling years. As soon as he graduated high school, he worked at a Mexican restaurant and saved up enough money to travel around South America for three months by bus, a trip after which¬†he says, “college itself was nothing but a sorry anticlimax”.

By his 25th birthday, Iyer had graduated with a Congratulatory Double First, with the highest marks at Oxford University and was teaching writing and literature at Oxford before joining Time Magazine to write on world affairs.

Now, at age 52, he has written 11 books and hundreds of essays and articles each year for publications such as the Time, Harper’s and NYRB, and is one of the most well-respected writers in his field.

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