The Life of Graham Greene: Volume I: 1904-1939 (Life of Graham Greene, 1904-1939)

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This work presents a narrative of Graham Greene's early life - including a breakdown in his early teens, his years at Oxford, and his courtship of his future wife - uncovering the origins of his literary preoccupations and his reasons for conversion to Roman Catholicism. Greene's development as a novelist, from the early success of "The Man Within" to "The Power and the Glory", is also explored in full. Winner of the 1990 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best critical/biographical study.

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Norman Sherry is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Mitchell distinguished professor of literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the first two volumes of The Life of Graham Greene, he is the author of Conrad’s Eastern World, Conrad’s Western World, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Jane Austen.

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“If you care about modern literature, and the prickly, committed writer ... if you care about God or England or the political twentieth century, you will need this biography.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Sherry has accomplished his task by virtually reliving Greene’s life, traveling himself to the out-of-the-way places that Greene visited . . . interviewing an army of Old Boys and colonial hands, digging into improbable archives, gathering everything together . . . Extraordinarily well-constructed.” —Samuel Hynes, The Times Literary Supplement

“Rich with fascinating, dramatic detail ... Greene’s prodigious energies and inspirations are well matched by Norman Sherry’s intelligence, sympathy, and powers of analysis.” —Joyce Carol Oates

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