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Graham Greene Papers

Identifier: GTM-851001

Scope and Contents

The Graham Greene Papers include Greene's diaries and journals from his trips to Vietnam, Cuba, Panama, South Africa, Poland, Kuala Lampur, Kenya, and Haiti. Also present are manuscripts by Greene for "Monsignor Quixote" and "Getting to Know the General." There is some correspondence with Evelyn Waugh. Ephemera and clippings round out the collection.


  • 1923 - 1982

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Conditions Governing Use

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

"...You see the Pope has condemned you almost by name? 'Violent & immoral books cloaked in the glitter of aesthetics.' Hard words." - Evelyn Waugh to Graham Greene on The Power and the Glory, March 27 1950

"...I am awfully pleased at your fidelity to an old friend in sending me Our Man in Havana...yesterday that beast Ian Fleming was boasting he had read it (and to do him justice was full of humble admiration for it)...You know how I delight in your work, light or serious..." Evelyn Waugh to Graham Greene, October 2 1958

Graham Greene, author, was born October 2, 1904 in Berkhamsted, England, the son of Charles Henry Greene. He was educated at Berkhamsted and Balliol College, Oxford.

Greene's life spans more than a half-century of literary achievements. From 1926 to 1930 he served on the staff of The Times, and from 1940 to 1941 was Literary Editor for The Spectator. A prolific writer, Greene's major works are: A Gun For Sale (1926); Stamboul Train (1932); England Made Me (1935); Brighton Rock (1938); The Confidential Agent (1939); The Power and the Glory (1940); The Ministry of Fear (1943); The Heart of the Matter (1948); The End of the Affair (1951); The Quiet American (1955); Our Man in Havana (1958); A Burnt-Out Case (1961); The Comedians (1966); and Monsignor Quixote (1982).

Among his other numerous activities were his positions with the British Foreign Office (1941 to 1944); Director of Eyre and Spottiswode Ltd. (1944 to 1948); and Director of Bodley Head (1958).


5 Linear Feet (11 Hollinger Record Storage boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Graham Greene, 1981-1985.

Graham Greene Papers
Anna T. Zacharija, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057