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John L’Heureux began his literary career by publishing four volumes of poetry, written while he was a Jesuit. His autobiographical memoir, Picnic in Babylon: A Jesuit Priest’s Journal, 1963-67 (1967), chronicles and analyzes the years of theological study leading to his ordination as a priest. Since leaving the Jesuits in 1971, he has written several novels. The first two, Tight White Collar (1972) and The Clang Birds (1972), grew out of his experiences in religious life, whereas his later novels, especially An Honorable Profession (1991) and The Handmaid of Desire (1996), spring from his career in teaching.