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Author Information: Morris L. West

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Morris L. West, a native Australian, was born in Melbourne in 1916. When he was fourteen he began studying as a postulant with the Christian Brothers order but left twelve years later without having taken final vows. After serving with Australian Army Intelligence during World War II, he became a partner in a flourishing recording and transcription business, but left it when he discovered that he preferred to write for himself rather than for sponsors.

A stay in Italy resulted in his book Children of the Sun, a study of the street urchins of impoverished Naples, which became an English best seller in 1957. There followed two novels published in the United States under the titles The Crooked Road and Backlash, in 1957 and 1958 respectively.

In 1958, also, Mr. West returned to Italy as Vatican correspondent for The Daily Mail, and he then absorbed much of the technical background for a new novel. The Devil's Advocate, published in 1959, promptly became that rare phenomenon in publishing—a book universally hailed by critics as a major creative work while selling, in various editions, more than two million copies. Mr. West followed it with mor major successes: Daughter of Silence (1962), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), The Ambassador (1965), and now, The Tower of Babel (1967).

Mr. West, with his wife and four children, presently lives in Rome, Italy. [Probably out of date.]


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