Collis, Maurice


Collis, Maurice
   (1889-1973)
   A British writer, raised in Ireland, he entered the Indian Civil Service in 1912 and served in Burma. Upon retiring, he devoted himself to a literary career. His books include accounts of his personal experiences in the country, such as Into Hidden Burma and Trials in Burma; histories and biographies, such as The Land of the Great Image, about the Maha Muni Buddha Image in Arakan (Rakhine); travelogues (Lords of the Sunset, about the Shan States); and historical such romances as She was a Queen, about a Pagan Dynasty royal figure. Trials in Burma, describing his years as a magistrate in Rangoon (Yangon), is interesting for his critical description of British racial attitudes toward the Burmese and other Asians.
   See also Orwell, George.

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