Graham Greene

Graham Greene (Henry Graham Greene, 2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English writer.

He studied history at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduation, in 1925, Greene worked as a private tutor and as a journalist. After meeting his wife, he converted to Catholicism in 1926.

During World War II, Greene was recruited into MI6 and posted to Sierra Leone. He left his family in 1947, had several love affairs, traveled widely, and remained estranged from his children for the rest of his life. Greene struggled with depression, and made several suicide attempts in his youth. Later, he started to call himself a Catholic agnostic.

In 1986, Greene was awarded Britain’s Order of Merit. He died of leukaemia in 1991.

Books

Poetry

  • Babbling April (1925)
  • A Quick Look Behind: Footnotes to an Autobiography (1983)

Novels

  • The Man Within (1929)
  • The Name of Action (1930)
  • Rumour at Nightfall (1931)
  • Stamboul Train (1932, also published as Orient Express)
  • It’s a Battlefield (1934)
  • England Made Me (1935, also published as The Shipwrecked)
  • A Gun for Sale (1936, also published as This Gun for Hire)
  • Brighton Rock (1938)
  • The Confidential Agent (1939)
  • The Power and the Glory (1940, also published as The Labyrinthine Ways)
  • The Ministry of Fear (1943)
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948)
  • The Third Man (1949, novella)
  • The End of the Affair (1951)
  • The Quiet American (1955)
  • Loser Takes All (1955)
  • Our Man in Havana (1958)
  • A Burnt-Out Case (1960)
  • The Comedians (1966)
  • Travels with My Aunt (1969)
  • The Honorary Consul (1973)
  • The Human Factor (1978)
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party (1980)
  • Monsignor Quixote (1982)
  • The Tenth Man (1985)
  • The Captain and the Enemy (1988)

Nonfiction

  • Journey Without Maps (1936)
  • The Lawless Roads (1939, also published as Another Mexico)
  • British Dramatists (1942)
  • Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene and V.S. Pritchett (1948)
  • The Lost Childhood and Other Essays (1951)
  • The Spy’s Bedside Book (ed. with Hugh Greene, 1957)
  • In Search of a Character: Two African Journals (1961)
  • Collected Essays (1969)
  • A Sort of Life (1971)
  • Lord Rochester’s Monkey: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1974)
  • Ways of Escape (1980)
  • The Pleasure-Dome: The Collected Film Criticism, 1935–40, edited by John Russell Taylor (1980)
  • J’Accuse: The Dark Side of Nice (1982)
  • Getting to Know the General: The Story of an Involvement (1984)
  • Yours, etc.: Letters to the Press (1989)
  • Why the Epigraph? (1989)
  • A Weed Among the Flowers (1990)
  • Reflections (1991)
  • A World of My Own: A Dream Diary (1992, posthumous)
  • The Graham Greene Film Reader: Reviews, Essays, Interviews and Film Stories, edited by David Parkinson (1993, also published as Mornings in the Dark: The Graham Greene Film Reader)
  • Articles of Faith: The Collected Tablet Journalism of Graham Greene, edited by Ian Thomson (2006)
  • Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, edited by Richard Greene (2007)

Plays

  • The Great Jowett (1939, radio play)
  • The Living Room (1953)
  • The Potting Shed (1957)
  • The Complaisant Lover (1959)
  • Carving a Statue (1964)
  • The Return of A.J. Raffles (1975)
  • Yes and No (1980)
  • For Whom the Bell Chimes (1980)

Short stories

  • The Bear Fell Free (1935)
  • Twenty-One Stories (1954)
  • A Visit to Morin (1960)
  • A Sense of Reality (1963)
  • May We Borrow Your Husband? (1967)
  • Collected Stories (1973, including May We Borrow Your Husband?A Sense of Reality, and Twenty-One Stories)
  • The Last Word and Other Stories (1990)
  • The Complete Short Stories (2005)

Children’s books

  • The Little Train (1946, illus. Dorothy Craigie; 1973, illus. Edward Ardizzone)
  • The Little Fire Engine (1950, illus. Dorothy Craigie; 1973, illus. Edward Ardizzone)
  • The Little Horse Bus (1952, illus. Dorothy Craigie; 1974, illus. Edward Ardizzone)
  • The Little Steamroller (1955, illus. Dorothy Craigie; 1974, illus. Edward Ardizzone)

About him

  • Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene, documentary film directed by Thomas Patrick O’Connor (2013, IMDb)
  • The Man within My Head: Graham Greene, My Father and Me, by Pico Iyer (2012)
  • A Study in Greene: Graham Greene and the Art of the Novel, by Bernard Bergonzi (2006)
  • Graham Greene’s Catholic Imagination, by Mark Bosco (2005)
  • In Search of a Beginning: My Life with Graham Greene, by Yvonne Cloetta, tr. Euan Cameron (2004)
  • The Life of Graham Greene: Vol. 3, 1955–1991, by Norman Sherry (2004)
  • Greene on Capri, by Shirley Hazzard (2000)
  • Graham Greene: The Enemy Within, by Michael Shelden (1994)
  • The Life of Graham Greene: Vol. 2, 1939–1955, by Norman Sherry (1994)
  • The Life of Graham Greene: Vol. 1, 1904–1939, by Norman Sherry (1989)
  • The Other Man: Conversations with Graham Greene, by Allain, Marie-Françoise (1983)
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