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About this product
- Author(s)Graham Greene
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication01/01/2005
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPenguin USA
- Weight168 g
- Width129 mm
- Height196 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Author Biography<b>Graham Greene </b>(1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of <i>The Times of London. </i>He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, <i>Orient Express, </i>in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, recounted in <i>A Journey Without Maps </i>(1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in <i>The Lawless Roads, </i>which served as a background for his famous <i>The Power and the Glory</i>, one of several Catholic novels (<i>Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair). </i>During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as <i>The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, </i>and <i>The Captain and the Enemy. </i>In addition to his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography <i>A Sort of Life </i>and <i>Ways of Escape</i> two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to <i>The Spectator </i>and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection <i>Reflections. </i>Most of his novels have been filmed, including <i>The Third Man</i>, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards. <b>Samuel Hynes</b>is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including<i>The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, </i>and<i>The Edwardian Turn of Mind.</i>Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, <i>Flights of Passage. The Soldiers' Tale</i>, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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