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Graham Greene papers

Identifier: GTM-851001


  • 1923-1982

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5.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

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).

The Graham Greene Papers comprise 11 boxes including 2 boxes of correspondence from Evelyn Waugh. The Papers were acquired from Greene over a period of four years, from 1981 until the present.
Graham Greene papers
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