Synopses & Reviews
Graham Greene was one of the most guarded and complex literary figures of our time. In the first volume of Norman Sherry’s celebrated biography, Greene’s early life is explored through letters, diaries, and hundreds of interviews, including a breakdown in his early teens, his years at Oxford, and, most particularly, his long and tortuous courtship of his future wife. Sherry uncovers the origins of Greene’s literary preoccupations, as well as reasons for his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Greene’s development as a novelist, from the early success of The Man Within to his masterpiece, The Power and the Glory, is also explored in full, as Sherry literally follows Greene’s footsteps to West Africa and Mexico, penetrating the strange and emotional territory that Greene made into his own.
"[R]iveting, go[es] to the heart of Greene's darkly anguished worldview....Sherry's travels yield remarkable discoveries....Biography on this scale, and of this quality, is rare and justifies its length." Publishers Weekly
"Few living authors have received the attention Sherry lavishes on Greene, and few have deserved it more. Essential for collections of modern literature." Library Journal
Written with Graham Greene's complete consent, this extraordinary biography introduces a romantic and impassioned Greene. Delving into this early life, Sherry uncovers the origins of Greene's literary preoccupations and his development as a novelist, penetrating the strange emotional territory that Greene made his own. 32 pages of photographs.
About the Author
Norman Sherry is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Mitchell distinguished professor of literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the first two volumes of The Life of Graham Greene, he is the author of Conrad’s Eastern World, Conrad’s Western World, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Jane Austen.