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Graham Greene

Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born in Berkhamsted, England in 1904. His father was headmaster at the local school, but Greene often ran away and was eventually sent to London to live under the care of a psychoanalyst. He attended Oxford and converted to Catholicism in his twenties, becoming a devout believer. Upon completing his degree he moved to London where he worked as an assistant editor for The Times. He was a journalist, a secret agent, and a diplomat for the British Foreign Office. He traveled extensively, spending three years in Sierra Leone in the early 40’s. Although he was married, he was known as a man of many women. Greene published novels, short stories, plays and articles. He is one of the most widely read British writers and is considered particularly adept at blending literary observations with moral and political dilemmas and engaging plots. He distinguished between his “serious prose” (The Heart of the Matter, 1948; The Quiet American, 1955) and his “entertaining” novels (Brighton Rock, 1938; Our Man in Havana, 1958). Many of his books were adapted into films. He died in Switzerland in 1991.


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