Graham Greene's Thrillers and the 1930s

Graham Greene's Thrillers and the 1930s

By: Brian Diemert (author)Paperback

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Diemert traces Greene's adaptation of nineteenth-century romance thrillers and classical detective stories into modern political thrillers as a means of presenting serious concerns in an engaging fashion. He argues that Greene's popular thrillers were in part a reaction to the high modernism of writers such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf, whose esoteric experiments with language were disengaged from immediate social concerns and inaccessible to a large segment of the reading public. Graham Greene's Thrillers and the 1930s investigates some of Greene's best-known works, such as A Gun for Sale, Brighton Rock, and The Ministry of Fear, and shows how they reflect the evolution of Greene's sense of the importance of popular culture in the 1930s.


Graham Greene and the 1930s; exploring the popular in two early novels - "Stamboul train" and "England made me"; aspects of detective fiction; approaches to the thriller in Greene's early work - "Rumour at nightfall" and "It's a battlefield"; thrillers of the 1930s - "A gun for sale", "Brighton Rock" and "The confidential agent"; the ministry of fear; the end of this affair - summing up.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773514331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780773514331
  • ISBN10: 0773514333

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