Graham Greene: A Life In Letters Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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** 'Graham Greene: A Life in Letters will offer the most important contribution to studies of the writer since the completion of Norman Sherry's epic, three-volume biography (BOOKSELLER)
** 'A triumph of judgment and judicious selection that offers a vivid new picture of Greene the man: his pleasures, foibles and, above all, his generosity... Now, perhaps for the first time, he emerges whole from the shadow of his biographers, as distinctiv (Ian Thomson, SUNDAY TIMES)
** 'Impeccably edited by Richard Greene, it succeeds admirably in it's declared purpose: to bring together for the first time in one volume letters "that are engaging to read and that reveal Greene's personal, literary, religious and political concerns over a period of 70 years." (Nicholas Shakespeare, DAILY TELEGRAPH)
** 'A condensed portrait of the successful literary life in the 20th century. (Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY)
* The first book of Graham Greene's letters - the most intimate record we have of a life lived at the heart of modern historySee all Product Description
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Despite his friendship with Russian spies and Latin American revolutionaries, Greene's idea of direct action was not to man the barricades but to write a letter to The Times.
He was also one of those tiresome Anglo-Catholics, like his friend Evelyn Waugh, who have nothing in common with real Catholics who are at ease with their faith and don't take it that seriously.
Much as I like some of his books - Travels with My Aunt, Our Man in Havana, Dr Fischer of Geneva, The Comedians and (bits of) The Honorary Consul - I find the soul-searching in other works like The Power and the Glory and The Human Factor off-putting and dull.
Although this collection of letters has its fair share of "dark night of the soul" material, it also has a lot more interesting and enjoyable information about Greene's confused professional and personal life. He was both a writer and a publisher, talking as a businessman one minute and as an author the next.
He was also quite selfish and determined when it suited him as seen in the letter about his attempts to win support among the members of the Nobel Prize for Literature committee.Read more ›
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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."
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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