Monday, June 22, 2009

Graham Greene

...Greene simply isn't all that good a letter-writer. In the novels his prose has always been somewhat drab, befitting his often doleful subject matter, but that plainness can be readily overlooked because of the cinematic vividness of his scene-setting and the lived intensity of his characters. --Michael Dirda, The Man Within, The Weekly Standard, May 4, 2009, review of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, edited by Richard Greene (via Arts & Letters Daily)

As it turned out, the blunders of the best and the brightest in the 1960s helped give Greene a reputation for geopolitical prescience and obscured the fact that he was mostly wrong about the urgent issues (decolonization, Communism, the political potential of Catholicism) of his time. --Pankaj Mishra, Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me, The New York Times, January 2, 2009, review of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, edited by Richard Greene

Few people know that before he found success, Graham worked as a sub-editor at The Times in London. It was around this time that he began corresponding with Vivienne Dayrell-Browning (later Vivien Greene), a deeply religious woman who had taken offense at what she thought were blasphemous remarks Graham had made against the Virgin Mary. Graham wrote back a letter of apology to her, and so began a courtship that would end in Graham's conversion to Catholicism and later marriage to Vivien. --Vikram Johri, The inner man: Graham Greene's letters reveal his complexities, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 14, 2008, review of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, edited by Richard Greene

The Legacy, Posted by: Diogenes - Nov. 23, 2007 8:49 AM ET USA, Off the Record, on The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene, uneasy Catholic, by Ian Thomson, Times, London, August 22, 2006

Essential Graham Greene, review by Ed Conroy: Norman Sherry lays bare the 'agnostic Catholic' writer, National Catholic Reporter, November 19, 2004

Graham Greene Biography, Heavy on Sex, Draws Some Outrage, review by Dinitia Smith, New York Times, November 4, 2004

Greene at 100, review by Bernard Bergonzi of The Life of Graham Greene, Volume III: 1956-1991, by Norman Sherry, and In Search of a Beginning: My Life with Graham Greene, by Yvonne Cloetta, as told to Marie-Françoise Allain, translated by Euan Cameron, Commonweal, October 22, 2004

Review by George Walden of The Life of Graham Greene: volume three (1955-1991), by Norman Sherry, New Statesman, October 18, 2004

Damned Old Graham Greene, by Paul Theroux, New York Times, October 17, 2004

Sinner Take All: Graham Greene's Damned Redemption, review by Matthew Price of The Life of Graham Greene (3 vol.), by Norman Sherry BookForum, October/November 2004

Featured Authors: Graham Greene, The New York Times, October 17, 2004

Graham Greene: Greene has fallen from grace. Yet his worldliness remains a model for the practising writer, by Julian Evans, Prospect, September 2004

Short Cuts column, by Thomas Jones, London Review of Books, November 14, 2002

The (Mis)Guided Dream of Graham Greene, by Robert Royal, First Things, November 1999


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