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Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.
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London : Reinhardt in association with Viking, 1990.
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xvi, 324 pages ; 22 cm
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PR6013.R44 A16 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A selection of travel reports, essays, reviews and diary extracts that spans nearly 70 years. Greene focuses on the themes of travels and politics but also explores the works of other literary figures and characters. The diary extracts and critical reviews evoke the atmosphere of war-time England and other articles visit Vietnam, Cuba, Haiti, Paraguay and Chile.

Author Notes

Born in 1904, Graham Greene was the son of a headmaster and the fourth of six children. Preferring to stay home and read rather than endure the teasing at school that was a by-product of his father's occupation, Greene attempted suicide several times and eventually dropped out of school at the age of 15. His parents sent him to an analyst in London who recommended he try writing as therapy. He completed his first novel by the time he graduated from college in 1925.

Greene wrote both entertainments and serious novels. Catholicism was a recurring theme in his work, notable examples being The Power and the Glory (1940) and The End of the Affair (1951). Popular suspense novels include: The Heart of the Matter, Our Man in Havana and The Quiet American. Greene was also a world traveler and he used his experiences as the basis for many books. One popular example, Journey Without Maps (1936), was based on a trip through the jungles of Liberia.

Greene also wrote and adapted screenplays, including that of the 1949 film, The Third Man, which starred Orson Welles. He died in Vevey, Switzerland in 1991.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

With the great British writer having recently died, interest in Greene will be renewed, a situation that will be reflected in greater public library demand for his works, at least for the time being. Consequently, this gathering of previously uncollected essays should be given careful consideration for purchase. These pieces--70 of them, each relatively short--range chronologically throughout Greene's writing life (as well as his incessant globe-wandering life), from 1923 to 1988. They fall generally into the category of travel writing, but for Greene, that particular genre meant not only sharing sights and smells but also feeling free to comment on the political agendas at play in whatever country or region in which he happened to find himself. With a sensitivity absorbent but not mushy, with a style not off-puttingly brilliant but comfortably eloquent, Greene in his travel-writing mode is to be thoroughly enjoyed. ~--Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like the recent Last Stories , this is a collection of previously uncollected material--in this case essays, reviews and travel pieces from the entire length of the author's 60-year writing career (the earliest written while he was still at Oxford). The material varies considerably in interest and quality, though it is surprising to observe that from the start the eye for the telling, often sordid detail was at work, the knack for establishing atmosphere in a deft stroke or two. The travel pieces are superbly crafted essays, combining politics and sociology seamlessly with history and scenery: on Indo-China before the Vietnam War, on old and new Cuba, on Haiti, Paraguay, a haunting evocation of Goa. Greene also wrote passionately and despairingly on the possibilities--and mostly failed promise--of film; a movie critic in the '30s, he was one of the best. A collection like this does not add to his reputation but is interesting, nonetheless, for the consistency of his dour vision. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Best known for the novels Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory , and The Heart of the Matter , Greene wrote over 40 books before his death in April 1991 and throughout his life was one of England's best-loved and most prolific writers. A number of his reviews, travel pieces, and essays have now been collected in book form. Entertaining and informative, this volume includes Greene's thoughts on such diverse subjects as the political climates in Cuba, Haiti, and Chile; the French war in Indochina; used bookstores; and Indian writer R.K. Narayan. Through these pieces, written over a period of 70 years, we can see Greene's development from student to outspoken critic and insightful advocate of democratic causes. Highly recommended for all who wish to sample short and varied works of a first-rate writer.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.