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Graham Greene : A Literary Life - Neil Sinyard

Graham Greene

A Literary Life

Paperback Published: 18th November 2003
ISBN: 9780333729878
Number Of Pages: 169

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'Life would be impossible for me if I knew that I would never write another book' (Graham Greene). This new study offers an unusual account of the literary life of one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists, revealing the kind of writer he became, and why. It considers his literary motivation, the books that influenced him, the routines he followed. It explores offbeat aspects that are often overlooked. Why does comedy emerge so strongly in the later works? In what way did his interest in the cinema help shape his writing style? What kind of coded autobiography is embedded in his teasing epigraphs and dedications? What clues to his later development are contained in his childhood? Greene was a master of selective disclosure, but he did allow his mask to occasionally slip, as if wanting confession. This book is a sympathetic and fascinating insight into the world of a remarkable author.

'...for anyone...curious about Greene or how early childhood deprivations produce artists, or how Catholic guilt can screw even the the sharpest of intellects, reading this book is seriously fine entertainment.' - Catherine Ford, The Age Review

'...fresh and useful...this book will provide many readers with a new way of getting to know Greene' - Martin Corner, Kingston University, Newsletter of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust

Acknowledgements The Greene Chronology: Some Major Dates and Events Introduction: Secret Sharer Why Do I Write? The Books in My Life The Greene Routine Greene on the Screen Laughter in the Shadow of the Gallows A Sort of Autobiography: Epigraphs and Dedications The Green Baize Door Poets of Criminality and Conscience Conclusion: Forgotten Memories Select Bibliography Annotated Filmography Index

ISBN: 9780333729878
ISBN-10: 0333729870
Series: Literary Lives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 169
Published: 18th November 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated