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Graham Greene - Pedro M. Lopez Collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS326

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven letters from British author Graham Greene (1904-1991) to Pedro M. Lopez whose home was in Seneca, Mexico. The letters are dated between 1981 and 1989 and were usually written in January in response to Lopez's annual letter. Copies of the letters written by Lopez are not available, but from Greene's responses we know that the letters were mostly personal in nature and contain some discussion of literary topics of the time. The letters written by Greene offer some opinions of his own work in addition to commentary on other literary figures and topics.

ABBREVIATIONS: TLS - Typed Letter Signed


  • 1981 - 1989

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Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Graham Greene was born on October 2, 1904 in Berkhamsted, England. His father was Charles Henry Greene and his mother was Marion Raymond Greene. He married Vivien Dayrell Browning in 1927. Their two children are Mrs. Lucy Caroline (Greene) Bourget and Francis Greene. Greene, a prolific writer, is best known as a novelist though he also wrote plays, short stories, and non-fiction. He was on staff at The Times from 1926-1930 and held the position of Literary Editor at The Spectator from 1940-1941. During the 1930s he was on staff at Night and Day, and, in 1954, was the Indo-China correspondent for the New Republic. His career also included serving the British Foreign Office in Africa from 1941-1944, and a being member of the Panamanian delegation to Washington for the signing of the Canal Treaty in 1977. Greene died of a blood disease on April 3, 1991 in Vevey, Switzerland.

Pedro M. Lopez was born in 1936 in Bayonne, France to Spanish parents. In 1966 he married an American woman in Gibraltar, and they moved together to the United States. Lopez began working for Grolier Inc. as an Assistant Editor in 1969. He was transferred from the New York office to Mexico in 1978 and became the Grolier Editorial Director for Latin American Publications. He left the company after it was acquired by Hachette, but continued to live in Mexico City until his retirement at age 65. In 2003, at the time that he donated the Greene letters to the library, Lopez was living in San Antonio, Texas.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Slim Document Case)

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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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