The Life of Graham Greene: Volume I: 1904-1939

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The second volume of Norman Sherry's three-volume biography reveals Graham Greene, at the height of his powers, as one of the great novelists and most enigmatic figures of this century. Saying he would not entrust his papers and own recorded confidences to a friend, Greene chose Sherry for his biographer, having admired his literary detective work on Joseph Conrad's fiction. The book encompasses the most creative phase of Greene's life, when he wrote not only some of his best novels - among them "The Ministry of Fear", "The Heart of the Matter", "The End of the Affair" and "The Quiet American" - but collaborated with Carol Reed on the films of "The Fallen Idol" and "The Third Man". Yet this was also the most tumultuous period, seeing Greene's passionate affair with a beautiful and complex American who was then married to a British peer, and the disintegration of his marriage to Vivien. Here, for the first time, is the full story of Greene's activities as a secret agent and the revealing correspondence that shuttled between his one-time boss Kim Philby in Moscow and Sherry in England. In the 1950s, Greene was increasingly drawn to areas of conflict in the world - to Kenya, Malaya, and to the last days of French Indo-China.

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Graham Greene was one of the most guarded and complex literary figures of our time. In the first volume of Norman Sherry s celebrated biography, Greene s early life is explored through letters, diaries, and hundreds of interviews, including a breakdown in his early teens, his years at Oxford, and, most particularly, his long and tortuous courtship of his future wife. Sherry uncovers the origins of Greene s literary preoccupations, as well as reasons for his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Greene s development as a novelist, from the early success of The Man Within to his masterpiece, The Power and the Glory, is also explored in full, as Sherry literally follows Greene s footsteps to West Africa and Mexico, penetrating the strange and emotional territory that Greene made into his own."

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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

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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