The Life of Graham Greene: Volume I: 1904-1939

The Life of Graham Greene: Volume I: 1904-1939

by Norman Sherry
     
 

Graham Greene was one of the most guarded and complex literary figures of our time. In the first volume of Norman Sherry’s celebrated biography, Greene’s early life is explored through letters, diaries, and hundreds of interviews, including a breakdown in his early teens, his years at Oxford, and, most particularly, his long and tortuous courtship of

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Graham Greene was one of the most guarded and complex literary figures of our time. In the first volume of Norman Sherry’s celebrated biography, Greene’s early life is explored through letters, diaries, and hundreds of interviews, including a breakdown in his early teens, his years at Oxford, and, most particularly, his long and tortuous courtship of his future wife. Sherry uncovers the origins of Greene’s literary preoccupations, as well as reasons for his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Greene’s development as a novelist, from the early success of The Man Within to his masterpiece, The Power and the Glory, is also explored in full, as Sherry literally follows Greene’s footsteps to West Africa and Mexico, penetrating the strange and emotional territory that Greene made into his own.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“If you care about modern literature, and the prickly, committed writer ... if you care about God or England or the political twentieth century, you will need this biography.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Sherry has accomplished his task by virtually reliving Greene’s life, traveling himself to the out-of-the-way places that Greene visited . . . interviewing an army of Old Boys and colonial hands, digging into improbable archives, gathering everything together . . . Extraordinarily well-constructed.” —Samuel Hynes, The Times Literary Supplement

“Rich with fascinating, dramatic detail ... Greene’s prodigious energies and inspirations are well matched by Norman Sherry’s intelligence, sympathy, and powers of analysis.” —Joyce Carol Oates

Library Journal
Released in 1989 and 1995, respectively, these two volumes garnered critical praise. Penguin is rereleasing the volumes as part of Greene's centenary celebration. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
A thorough biography of the novelist. Other volumes, presumably, to follow. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142004203
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Norman Sherry is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Mitchell distinguished professor of literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the first two volumes of The Life of Graham Greene, he is the author of Conrad’s Eastern World, Conrad’s Western World, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Jane Austen.

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