Lively, informed and thorough, this survey of the life and works of Graham Greene opens with a biographical account setting the writer in context of his times and describing and exploring the influences, tensions and contradictions that occur throughout his work. The second half of the book devotes itself to the 'art of Greene' discussing his writing techniques, recurring themes, and imaginative preoccupations. Within this section thorough critical analyses are given of three works: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, and the film, The Third Man. The book concludes with a reference section which comprises a gazeteer, a biographical list and a bibliography. Suggestions for further reading and a list of films encourage the student to explore the works of Greene more widely.
Cedric Watts is Professor of English at the University of Sussex.
Lists of Illustrations and Maps Editorial Notes and Acknowledgements Abbreviations Part One: The Writer and his Setting. Chronological Table 1.The Life of a Novelist 2. The early years 3. The middle years 4. The later years 5. Finale 6. Contexts and Issues, Religious matters, Political matters, Anti-Semitism and the case of Stamboul Train, Various influences Part Two: The Art of Greene 7. The nature and origins of Greeneland 8. Novels, 'Entertainments', and the redemption of Greeneland 9 Recycling, recurrences and games with names 10. 'Leopards' and other stylistic matters 11. Critical accounts: Darkest Greeneland: Brighton Rock, Mastery: The Power and the Glory, Collaborative excellence: the film, The Third Man 13. Conclusion: Greene's place in literary history Part Three: Reference section 13. Gazetteer 14. Biographical list 15. Bibliography 16.Further reading and list of films
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