A World of My Own: A Dream Diary

Overview

The acclaimed British author Graham Greene has selected scenes from his diary of more than 800 pages, begun in 1965 & ended in 1989, which he calls My Own World. He explains: It can be a comfort sometimes to know that there is a world which is purely ones own — the experience in that world, of travel, danger, happiness, is shared with no one else. In a sense it is an autobiography, beginning with Happiness & ending with Death, of a rather bizarre life during the last third of a century (the wars described...
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Overview

The acclaimed British author Graham Greene has selected scenes from his diary of more than 800 pages, begun in 1965 & ended in 1989, which he calls My Own World. He explains: It can be a comfort sometimes to know that there is a world which is purely ones own — the experience in that world, of travel, danger, happiness, is shared with no one else. In a sense it is an autobiography, beginning with Happiness & ending with Death, of a rather bizarre life during the last third of a century (the wars described here belong to the sixties, not the forties).

For the last third of his life Graham Greene nurtured the private world of his dreams in extensive diaries. In his last months, he drew heavily on them to create this book, designed to be published posthumously. As a kind of farewell, his "autobiography" offers an unabashed glimpse into his inner creativity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greene (1904-1991) had extraordinarily vivid, fertile, inventive dreams, judging from these excerpts from the dream diaries he kept between 1965 and 1989. The novelist/essayist's dreams of espionage included a mission to Nazi Germany, where he rammed a poison cigarette up Joseph Goebbels's nose, and a secret assignation with Kim Philby. In other dreams he met three popes; took a disagreeable boat ride to Bogota with Henry James; conversed with Castro, Khrushchev, Oliver Cromwell, Jean Cocteau and Solzhenitsyn; witnessed a massacre of children in Syria; produced a blank-verse play with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He dreamed of his mother's death, of a talking kitten, of committing murder and robbery. This curious, entertaining diary lets us glimpse the feverish inner life of an intensely private man, providing an uncanny mirror-image of Greene's novelistic obsessions, insecurities and moral preoccupations. In the introduction he divulges that a number of his short stories evolved directly from dreams. (Oct.)
Library Journal
For 25 years novelist Greene recorded his dreams. His interior dream work played a substantial role in his writing, helping him to overcome writing blocks and even inspiring a few of his short stories. The dreams in this slim, posthumous volume were carefully chosen by Graham during the last months of his life. The world they represent is Greene's alone, because, as he says in the introduction, there are no witnesses. There are, of course, some impressive personalities, equally impressive locales, and scenes of despair and danger, delight and happiness. The reader should be prepared to meet, fleetingly, such notables as Sartre, Henry James, Solzhenitsyn, King Leopold, and Pope John Paul II. The locale may be the Vatican garden, a house party, a river trip, or a room with Goebbels sitting in a gilt armchair. The dreams are told simply, without adornment, yet they are brimming with effort and energy; this is a creative firmament not entirely at rest. For all those who dream.-Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., Ind.
From the Publisher
"Simply as likeable a little book as I've read in years, funny and moving and always marvellously subtle in its intelligence, the work of a craftsman who knows his craft so deeply that nothing he touches escapes it." — The Globe & Mail

"Delightfully odd...an endearing little book." —The Montreal Gazette

"This little book honours what in so many ways Green honoured in his long lifetime of writing: the value of mystery." —William Trevor

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Written between 1965 and 1989 and selected by Graham himself to be published after his death, these autobiographical dream "scenes" offer a rare glimpse into the esteemed author's inner sources of creativity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788162985
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 116

Meet the Author

Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born in Berknamsted, England, in 1904. He died in Vesey, Switzerland, April 3rd, 1991.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Henry Graham Greene (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berkhamsted, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 3, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Vevey, Switzerland

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