Graham Greene: The Enemy Within

Overview

Reveals Graham Greenes mysterious double life & identity: the respected novelist who was also a spy, & whose life was based on deception. The author of The Power & the Glory, The Third Man, & other distinguished literary works is portrayed in this biography as a man devoted not only to creating works of fiction but also to creating fiction about himself. He was highly regarded as a Catholic novelist, yet Shelden shows that his faith was one of many masks Greene donned as a cover for a life devoted...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $14.69   
  • New (2) from $74.50   
  • Used (5) from $14.69   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$74.50
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(280)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$80.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(178)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Reveals Graham Greenes mysterious double life & identity: the respected novelist who was also a spy, & whose life was based on deception. The author of The Power & the Glory, The Third Man, & other distinguished literary works is portrayed in this biography as a man devoted not only to creating works of fiction but also to creating fiction about himself. He was highly regarded as a Catholic novelist, yet Shelden shows that his faith was one of many masks Greene donned as a cover for a life devoted to misinfo., intrigue, & mystery. Draws on previously unseen material, including documents from his MI6/Secret Service dossier, & interviews with those who knew him.

This stunning biography, already a bestseller in England, reveals Graham Greene's mysterous double life and identity--the respected novelist who was also a spy--whose life was based on deception. "Bold and unhesitating."--Times Literary Supplement (London). 16 pages of photos.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Norman Sherry is still engaged in writing his hugely detailed, three-volume Greene biography comes this deconstructionist effort by the author of studies of Cyril Connolly and Orwell. Shelden began work intending an ``affectionate portrait,'' but ``along the way I kept uncovering unpleasant facts.'' That is a considerable understatement. Shelden has portrayed Greene as an eternal manipulator, of friends as well as of the world press; as a man whose ostensible religion and politics were shams, whose early books-including the much-admired Brighton Rock-contained reprehensible anti-Semitic elements; and, artistically, as a writer who underwent a decline after The Heart of the Matter in 1948, with only occasional glimpses (as in The Human Factor of 1978) of the huge talents he once possessed. Although Greene was renowned for his louche sexual habits (Shelden asserts he could have authored a splendid guide to the world's best brothels), it has not previously been documented that he had homosexual inclinations. Shelden avers that in his hideaway on Capri, he dallied with young boys, and that there are passages in his work that can only be seen as the product of a gay sensibility. Shelden's scrutiny of Greene's work is scrupulous, and certainly suggests that some reassessment of much of it is in order. In the case of Greene's private life, it is clear that his habitual evasiveness and cunning render many of his actions subject to various interpretations. Shelden's book is certainly an impressive brief for the prosecution, even if this most mysterious of contemporary writers continues ultimately to baffle and elude us. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
Greene, the noted British novelist, essayist, and screenwriter and author of important works such as The Power and the Glory (1946) and "entertainments" such as Our Man in Havana (1958), is enjoying a much-deserved resurgence of interest with two recent biographies. The second volume of Norman Sherry's massive The Life of Graham Greene: 1939-1955 (LJ 1/95) is just out. More accessible, however, is this briefer account by Shelden (Orwell, LJ 10/1/91). Shelden is concerned with the darker side of Greene's life and work, his conflict with an inner self that informed his predilection for practical jokes, espionage, and numerous infidelities and deceptions as well as a lifelong obsession with suicide. Such a conflict, Shelden argues, helps us understand both Greene's Catholicism and the depths of his seemingly less serious work. This biography is thorough without burying its subject in detail. Witty and fast paced, it reads like one of Greene's thrillers. Recommended for most collections, though smaller libraries may be content with Sherry's work.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
Donna Seaman
Prolific and controversial, Graham Greene, whose last book was the posthumously published dream diary, "A World of My Own" , has engaged the attention of two biographers. Norman Sherry is at work on a multivolume, monumentally detailed work titled "The Life of Graham Greene" , and, now, literary biographer Shelden has written an impassioned dissection of Greene's deception-filled life. Shelden, author of "Orwell" (1991), is quite candid about his shock and dismay over Greene's "devotion" to subterfuge both as a double agent in his forays into the world of espionage and in his lusty personal life. As Shelden follows Greene's shadowy path--a trek that looped from Estonia to El Salvador, Liberia to Indochina, Prague to Havana--he decodes Greene's novels for clues to the origins of Greene's well-documented obsession with suicide and rarely remarked preoccupation with homosexuality. He concludes that Greene's involvements with Catholicism and politics were based more on a fascination with sin, cruelty, and guilt than with God, patriotism, or revolution. In his often explicit portrait of Greene as a "cunning manipulator," Shelden defines what he believes to be both admirable and abominable about the man, but the work, as always, stands on its own.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788193767
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 454

Table of Contents

1 Deception and Detection 3
2 I Spy 16
3 Secret Garden 38
4 Yes and No 53
5 Oxford: A Touch of the Poet 71
6 Ties That Bind: Vivienne 86
7 Heaven Can Wait 102
8 The Man Within 116
9 Making Ends Meet: Stamboul Train 137
10 Journey Without Maps 154
11 This Gun for Hire: Motion Pictures 174
12 Brighton Rock 187
13 Across the Border: The Power and the Glory 211
14 Breaking Up 230
15 Top Secret: Officer 59200 245
16 Odd Man Out: Kim Philby and The Third Man 260
17 The Undiscovered Country: The Heart of the Matter 280
18 The Third Woman 299
19 Red Menace 320
20 Antic Disposition 340
21 To Tell the Truth 361
22 Monster of the Chemins de Fer, or Brighton Revisited 374
23 Down There on a Visit 388
The Last Word 404
Select Bibliography of Graham Greene 409
Author's Note: Graham Greene and Biography 412
Sources 415
Acknowledgments 436
Index 438
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)