Morris L. West April 26, 1916 – died October 9, 1999. West was an Australian writer and was awarded the 1959 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Devil’s Advocate. He was born in St Kilda, Victoria and attended Christian Brothers’ College, East St Kilda. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1937, and worked as a teacher in New South Wales and Tasmania. He spent 12 years in a monastery of the Christian Brothers, taking annual vows, but left without taking final vows. After leaving Australia in 1955 he lived in Austria, Italy, England and the United States, finally returning to Australia in 1980. His works often were focused on international politics and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in international affairs. One of his most famous works, The Shoes of the Fisherman, envisioned the election and career of a Slavic Pope, 15 years before the ascension of Karol Wojtyła to his historical role of becoming Pope John Paul II. Morris West died while working at his desk on the final chapters of his novel The Last Confession about the trials and imprisonment of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1600. Bruno was a figure with whom West had long sympathized and even identified. In 1969 he had published a play The Heretic on the same subject. A major theme in much of West’s work was a question: when so many organizations use extreme violence towards evil ends, when and under what circumstances is it morally acceptable for their opponents to respond with violence? Film adaptations: The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), The Devil’s Advocate (1978), The Naked Country (1984), The Second Victory (1986), Cassidy (1989).


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