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  • Author:
    Richard Greene
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    0393066428
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    978-0393066425
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    W. W. Norton & Company; 1st American Ed edition (December 17, 2008)
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    480 pages
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Richard Greene (an associate professor at the University of Toronto and no relation of the novelist's) provides an incisive introduction, narrative and annotations to his selection of Graham Greene's letters from 1921 to 1991, which appear together for the first time.

Richard Greene (an associate professor at the University of Toronto and no relation of the novelist's) provides an incisive introduction, narrative and annotations to his selection of Graham Greene's letters from 1921 to 1991, which appear together for the first time. Perennially shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature but never a recipient, Greene is presented in these letters through the five main preoccupations of his life: Roman Catholicism, politics, love, travel and, certainly not least, the processes of writing and publishing.

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Don’t make your books any shorter, please, Graham Greene implored his friend Muriel Spark in a 1974 letter .

Don’t make your books any shorter, please, Graham Greene implored his friend Muriel Spark in a 1974 letter, or you’ll disappear like Beckett. Greene himself didn’t want to disappear, even briefly, from anyone’s radar screen; throughout his long life he was determinedly prolific. He published more than 25 novels, among them near-masterpieces like The Power and the Glory (1940) and The End of the Affair (1951). He wrote four books of autobiography, three travel books, a book of verse and nearly 20 plays and screenplays.

Greene's life sometimes seems straight out of his fiction. Not all these letters concern public events

Greene's life sometimes seems straight out of his fiction. There are sentences here that could easily be mistaken for quotations from The Heart of the Matter or The Quiet American. I never get used to seeing a vulture sitting complacently on my roof as I come home," he writes from Sierra Leone. Not all these letters concern public events. There is also Greene the lover, writing on page 54 to his wife Vivien as "Darling best dearest most-adored Pussy Willow", and on page 171 making business-like arrangements for their separation.

The letters of Graham Greene offer another ‘sort of life’. A conventional biography moves in straight lines, while a life in letters makes its points gradually and sometimes by backward glances. However, a life in letters has a crucial advantage over a conventional biography: it is chiefly in the subject’s own voice and in his words.

Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (ed. Richard Greene, 2007). The Old School: Essays by Divers Hands title details at books. Greene's two letters from this little book are included in Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (2007). v. t. e. Works by Graham Greene. Brian Diemert (1996). Graham Greene's Thrillers and the 1930s. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 5. ^ Brian Diemert (1996).

Graham Greene English writer whose novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings. In 2007 a selection of his letters was published as Graham Greene: A Life in Letters. The unfinished manuscript The Empty Chair, a murder mystery that Greene began writing in 1926, was discovered in 2008; serialization of it began the following year. This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen, Corrections Manager.

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Graham Greene is one of the few modern novelists who can be called great. In the course of his long and eventful life (1904-1991), he wrote tens of thousands of letters to family, friends, writers, publishers and others involved in his various interests and causes.

This absorbing autobiography in letters offers a remarkable window into the life of one of the greatest novelists of our time. "The Best Book of the Year." --David Lodge, The Guardian [UK]

One of the undisputed masters of twentieth-century English prose, Graham Greene (1904-1991) wrote tens of thousands of personal letters. This exemplary volume presents a new and engrossing account of his life constructed out of his own words. Impeccably edited by scholar Richard Greene, the letters--including many unavailable even to his official biographer--give a new perspective on a life that combined literary achievement, political action, espionage, travel, and romantic entanglement. The letters describe his travels in such places as Mexico, Vietnam, and Cuba, where he observed the struggles of mankind with a compassionate and truthful eye. Letters to friends such as Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark offer a glimpse into the literary culture in which he wrote, while others reveal the agonies of his heart. The sheer range of experience contained in Greene's correspondence defies comparison. 8 pages

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I'll tell anyone who asks that a vital part of being a well-rounded reader is reading biographies, and in some cases a well-edited collection of personal correspondence can be just as insightful and informative as a traditional biography. That is very much the case with this book. Richard Greene (no relation) has very effectively selected and arranged the letters most representative of Greene's relationships, character, and personal shifts.

Greene's letters are a thoroughgoing testament to his literary brilliance, and a wrenching diary of his struggle to love and trust the Lord more than himself-a battle he was not always winning. Greene quoted Charles Peguy in the epigraph to The Heart of the Matter: "The sinner is at the very heart of Christianity. . . . No one is as competent as the sinner in Christian affairs. No one, except the saint." But it may have been Peguy's next line that best explained Greene: "And in principle they are the same man."

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Saimath
A nicely edited selection of the letters of the English novelist and public figure.

Those with a special interest in Graham Greene and his career will enjoy these often-short letters written to a multitude of friends, lovers, and fellow artists, such as the Waughs (Evelyn and Auberon), Catherine Walston and Michael Korda.

The letters themselves are well written but are often more straightforward communications than pieces of polished literary prose. Fans and students of Mr. Greene's work will benefit from the scattered background material and insights to his many published efforts, such as "The Comedians" and "The Power and the Glory."

Graham Greene, while a solid believer in free speech, was certainly on the left fringe of Cold War politics and an anti-American having expressed, as an example, support for Manuel Noriega of Panama with such a thought as "...if I have to choose between a drug dealer and American imperialism I prefer the drug dealer."
Unereel
Immensely interesting, deftly edited. Richard Greene provides just enough information to explain the context of Graham Greene's letters without overwhelming the reader. Graham Greene's quirky, evasive, humorous personality comes through in his letters.
Wanenai
Perfect edition of the exceptional book.
Thoginn
Very goog