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John Mortimer

(1923—2009)


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(1923–2009),

novelist, barrister, and playwright, was formerly married to Penelope Mortimer. He was well known for his stand against censorship, and as the author of novels about an eccentric barrister, Horace Rumpole. These include Rumpole of the Bailey (1978), Rumpole and the Age of Miracles (1988), Rumpole on Trial (1992), Rumpole Rests his Case (2001), and Rumpole and the Reign of Terror (2006). Among other novels are Paradise Postponed (1985) and its sequel, Titmuss Regained (1990); and Quite Honestly (2005). His plays include The Dock Brief (produced for both radio and television in 1957, pub. 1958) and the autobiographical A Voyage Round My Father (perf. 1970, pub. 1971). He has also written two volumes of recollections: Clinging to the Wreckage (1982) and Murderers and Other Friends (1994).

Subjects: Literature.


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