LITERATURE

Morris West
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Author born in St. Kilda, Melbourne on April 26th, 1916.

Morris Langlo West trained as a Christian Brother at the college in St. Kilda and taught in Sydney, Young and Goulburn, NSW, before he resigned in 1940 without taking his vows.

Morris West


He had also been educated at universities in Victoria and Tasmania.

During World War 11 he served in the AIF and for a short time he was secretary to Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

One of Australia's finest writers, Morris West moved to Italy in 1955 with his wife Joy and young son Chris. His wandering around Europe lasted 30 years.

His first famous novel was Children Of The Sun, which was based on homeless children in Naples.

Other works include The Shoes Of The Fisherman and The Devil's Advocate.

The Shoes Of The Fisherman starring Laurence Olivier and The Devil's Advocate were made into films.

In The Shoes Of The Fisherman he predicted the rise to power of a Slavic Pope, 15 years before the arrival of Pope John Paul II.

Numerous honours were bestowed on him for his work - the James Tate Black memorial prize, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, fellowship of The World Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Lloyd O'Neill award for his writing and services to literature.

In 1985 he was awarded AM.

When he was 72 he had a successful heart by-pass operation.

Morris West died mid chapter at his Avalon, Sydney, home on 9th October, 1999.

His untimely death was due to heart failure.

He is survived by his widow and 6 children.

Overall he wrote 25 best sellers, selling over 60 million copies. Some of his books -
1998 Eminence
1997 Images And Inscriptions
1996 Vanishing Point
1990 Lazarus
1986 Cassidy
1976 The Navigator
1974 Harlequin
1973 The Salamander
1970 The Heretic
1968 The Tower Of Babel
1963 The Shoes Of The Fisherman
1961 Daughter Of Silence
1959 The Devil's Advocate
1958 The Concubine
1957 Children Of The Sun
1955 Gallows Of The Sand


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