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West, Morris

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1916-1999) Australian author, in his early years a lay monk, and best known for novels like The Devil's Advocate (1959). The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), filmed as The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), features the election of a Russian Pope at a point when World War Three threatens to erupt; in The Navigator (1976) a lost Island is found in the South Pacific, and a Utopian community is founded there; The Clowns of God (1981), a Near Future tale set at the end of the twentieth century, deals with a Pope convinced that the Second Coming is nigh (see Messiahs; Religion), and whose apocalyptic announcement of his vision of the risen Christ leads to his forced abdication. [JC]

Morris Langlo West

born St Kilda, Victoria: 26 April 1916

died Clareville, New South Wales: 9 October 1999



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