Books by Graham Greene

A WORLD OF MY OWN by Graham Greene
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A uniquely candid self-portrait, but Greene's inner world only adumbrates his real-world exploits and the world he consciously created in his fiction."
Though not in a league with those of Coleridge or Joyce, Greene's dreams compose an alternate autobiography of his private self in matter-of-factly unreal vignettes. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1990

"Less waspish than Waugh, less brilliant than Shaw."
Greene's letters to editors, unlike those of Evelyn Waugh or Bernard Shaw, seldom trade on the author's public figure—but are most fun when they do, as when Greene wins prizes for his pseudonymous entries in newspaper contests based on parodies of Graham Greene. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Expert and fluent prose flawlessly evokes a world of British eccentricity and international political madness."
This truly odd and strangely affecting love story by the modern master begins as a quirky narrative of life in the English demimonde and ends pure Greene—a tale of modern espionage, marked by unclear alliances and shadowy double-dealing. Read full book review >
THE TENTH MAN by Graham Greene
Released: March 29, 1985

"Less than fully satisfying, with characters who remain only sketches—but full of sharp Greene touches (including a button-down priest) amid the slightly murky Simenon-esque landscape."
By his own admission (in a brief introduction here), Greene had "completely forgotten" the existence of an unpublished story called The Tenth Man—sold in 1944 to MGM, which dug it out of the archives in 1983. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 30, 1984

"An engaging combination of memoir, travel writing, and social and political analysis from a man who doesn't worry about being used."
The general is Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama from 1968, when he took over in a coup, until his death in a plane crash in 1981. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 1982

The theological shade of Greene—in a wispy, undramatic, but charming modern-day fable, loosely paralleling the Cervantes classic. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1980

"A few readers may be happy to seize on Greene's cynical and macabre leanings here, happy to construct webs of theme (Catholic and otherwise) around the Dr. F. deity; but most will merely tolerate all that while savoring the by-the-way Greene pleasures that are all the more apparent, and impressive in such a tiny, relaxed book."
Bizarre, minor, mini-Greene—an unsatisfying novella redeemed nonetheless by a master's storytelling expertise and by a dozen or more absolutely splendid coloring touches. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1980

"So: not the memoir some might hope for—even less a sort of life than A Sort of Life (1971)—but, on its own terms, sufficiently alluring."
In no sense an autobiography—"Those parts of a life most beloved of columnists remain outside the scope of this book"—this is a suavely arranged, roughly chronological group of personal essays, most of them previously published: the introductions to the British collected edition of Greene's oeuvre; reportage from international trouble spots (Greene has sought peril as one "way of escape" from a vaguely defined angst); salutes to two or three friends; plus a few anecdotes and reflections. Read full book review >
THE HUMAN FACTOR by Graham Greene
Released: March 1, 1978

"What remains is a story as apparently plain as Greene's perfect prose—an open-hearted, tight-lipped pavane of conscience and sentiment that can be watched and enjoyed for all the wrong, and all the right, reasons."
A man in love walks through the world like an anarchist, carrying a time bomb." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1974

"In the words of a contemporary, Rochester lived 'as a torch to light himself to Hell thereby' and Greene charts his passage to that fiery place with the taut, restrained compassion which he always extends to fallen idols and angels."
This, the life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), is Graham Greene's only biographical venture. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE TRAIN by Graham Greene
Released: June 21, 1974

"The deliberate old fashioned innocence of Ardizzone's style provides just the disarming touch that both stories need, though the Fire Engine gives the illustrator more opportunity to vary the scene and the cast and is thus less confining both in looks and in message."
First published in 1946 with different illustrations, The Little Train is the sort of cute little cautionary tale that even a Graham Greene couldn't get away with today. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 14, 1973

"There is also an inductive introduction by Mr. Greene on how he now views the short story and on some of the curious circumstances in which a few of them were conceived."
Forty in all, representing a forty-year span, "a collection of escapes from the novelist's world" and combining those which appeared in May We Borrow Your Husband?, A Sense of Reality, Twenty-One Stories, as well as three which appear in book form for the first time. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"When Greene writes as splendidly as he does here, we are reminded that he has no equivalent."
It was an evening which, by some mysterious combination of failing light and the smell of an unrecognized plant, brings back to some men the sense of childhood and of future hope and to others the sense of something which has been lost and nearly forgotten." Read full book review >
SORT OF LIFE by Graham Greene
Released: Sept. 16, 1971

"Perhaps it will not come on strongly enough for those who are not already among Graham Greene's admirers, but most readers will be gratified that he has searched his memory which is 'like a long broken night."
Mr. Greene's fractional biography — his sort of life is only a part of a life up through the publication of his early, forgotten novels — is a reproof of Auden's overreaching contention that "biographies of writers, whether written by others or themselves, are always superfluous and usually in bad taste." Read full book review >
GREENE by Graham Greene
Released: May 19, 1969

"It concludes with the sad apostrophe, 'How could they tell that for a writer as much as for a priest there is no such thing as success?"
Half of the essays here, including his more important sequence on Henry James, have been reprinted from Mr. Greene's 1952 collection The Lost Childhood which established in Greene's case that the creative writer could also be a critic of some distinction. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1967

"The backgrounds vary from Antibes to England, and they are all told with a casual, conversational ease—a deceptive sleight of hand which may also suggest that there's not too much up the sleeve."
This is Graham Greene's third collection of catchy, sketchy short stories, one or two miniaturized to not more than five or six pages. Read full book review >
THE COMEDIANS by Graham Greene
Released: Jan. 28, 1965

"It may not be his most important book but a good many attractive adjectives apply."
Greene usually subdivides his fiction into novels or entertainments. Read full book review >
A SENSE OF REALITY by Graham Greene
Released: June 21, 1963

"These serious overtones qualify the collection as more than light entertainment, which it also is, although it may ultimately prove to be only peripheral as a part of this writer's permanent collection."
Three short stories, and one which is actually a novella, are affiliated by their concern with the intangible and illusory and they sometimes cross over into less finite areas where reality is blurred by fantasy, memory and myth. Read full book review >
IT'S A BATTLEFIELD by Graham Greene
Released: Sept. 24, 1962

"And while appreciably less popular in character than much that he has written, Greene's more serious readership will welcome its reappearance and find it a subtle, serious commentary."
This early (1934) Graham Greene novel is being republished here for the first time, along with a new introduction in which Greene states that this fifth book was the least read of any of his novels. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1961

"Its small cast, and general sophistication of theme and tone, would suggest that it will be desirable for little theatre groups and while no more than it is an agreeable diversion."
The book publication of this Greene play, a sophisticated marital and extramarital comedy which was hugely successful in London (partly due to the excellence of its cast), will be timed here to coincide with its Broadway production. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1961

"All in all, it is expectedly fragmentary and unexpectedly revealing, and of primary concern to those who are more seriously interested in Greene- the writer."
This slim book consists of two journals which Greene kept on two trips to Africa- in 1941 and in 1959. Read full book review >
A BURNT-OUT CASE by Graham Greene
Released: Feb. 17, 1960

"Strong publisher backing and the author's name assure initial attention."
Almost all of Greene's serious works have been framed within the context of Catholicism, and while intimations of grace and disgrace hover over his new book here, there is no sterner conflict-no deadlock between the flesh and the faith. Read full book review >
OUR MAN IN HAVANA by Graham Greene
Released: Oct. 24, 1958

"This still may be good enough for a great many people to whom the name assumes more than is this time assured."
Graham Greene's new "Entertainment" offers only a questionable diversion this time, substitutes a lightminded travesty of secret service operations (the intentions are not too clearly decipherable) for the surer suspense of the earlier books in this genre. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1956

"It should assure a wider audience than Robert Shaplen's A Forest of Tigers (Knopf) which deals with this theme and this part of the world."
........ is a disquieting examination of a central, contemporary issue, and substitutes political conscience for the spiritual concern of Greene's recent vela but the battleground is still a highly personal terrain- and an individual is the chief casualty. Read full book review >
LOSER TAKES ALL by Graham Greene
Released: Jan. 1, 1955

"A pleasant diversion- and at this price- anybody can play."
Based on a shooting script (as was The Fallen Idol a few years ago) this is one of the works Greene has tagged as "entertainments". Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1952

"The Ministry of Fear."
Three "entertainments" as Graham Greene defines his earlier thrillers, will introduce a new Greene to many who have "discovered" him with his serious psychological novels and his critical writing. Read full book review >
THE SHIPWRECKED by Graham Greene
Released: Jan. 9, 1952

"A provocative, occasionally speculative portrayal of marginal lives- to which disenchantment lends its finality."
A republication of an early novel which appeared in 1935 under the title England Made Me, and which was not widely read at that time. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1951

"For an appreciative, rather than an appreciable, market."
A collection of short places, largely critical, occasionally autobiographical, which provide a commentary of personal perception and original insight and subtle stimulus on the passing literary scene. Read full book review >
THE THIRD MAN by Graham Greene
Released: June 15, 1950

"The case here, the use of occasional characterization, the unrelieved and undeviating tension demonstrate again a mastery of this medium."
The story for the motion picture which has had a sensationally successful critical and popular reception, this although it may not be as "finished" (the author) as the film for which it was written, is still a highly effective experience in suspense. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1948

"For an adult, appreciative audience."
Reported originally in the February 15th bulletin, this was postponed to the above date as a mid-summer selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 1948

"On the author's name, the volume will carry to a wider market than is usual in this medium."
In an acknowledgment by the author that these stories (written at intervals over the last two decades) are only by-products of a novelist's career, there is the recognition also that they will not rank with his more serious- or longer-works. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 1943

"Ingenious intrigue, handled with fastidious finish."
Less bizarre than Brighton Rock or Thy Labyrinthine Ways, this is a return to the straight mystery novel which in Greene's hands is always something more. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1940

"In the dialog one gets various facets of modern Mexico, and there emerges a somewhat macabre picture of Mexico today."
Another Mexico was the plaint of a Catholic touring Mexico and finding little to his taste. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 1939

"Greene does a superior job, and the growing horror as hero becomes hemmed in by entangling net of intrigue is exciting."
Though this is straight international-adventure stuff, Greene lifts it from worn ruts by cutting out glamorous trappings and substituting a loyal, conscientious agent who gets pushed around just once too often and turns on the pack. Read full book review >
ANOTHER MEXICO by Graham Greene
Released: June 5, 1939

"Particular market — the Catholics who want food for their wrath."
A Catholic tours Mexico and finds little to his liking, and plenty to condemn. Read full book review >
BRIGHTON ROCK by Graham Greene
Released: June 10, 1938

"Plus sale in the mystery section."
A blend of horror, adventure, mystery and morbid realism for this weird, sometimes original story of murders at Brighton Rock, the London Coney Island. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 1936

"So he went — down the African coast, inland with guides. And this is the story. There's amazing vitality, a contagion of enthusiasm, in the telling. There is somewhat the bite in describing conditions that characterized Africa Dances. There is much of what he found there — there is much of the man himself, through anecdotes and commentary on life. More than a travel book, but sell as travel and autobiography-"
The novelist (Orient Express, The Man Within) was obsessed by the idea that he must go to Liberia. Read full book review >
IT'S A BATTLEFIELD by Graham Greene
Released: March 21, 1934

"London today, with cuts from various social strata."
Not a mystery story, but will appeal to those mystery fans who liked BEFORE THE FACT, and THE PARADINE CASE, though there is less of continuity of thought and plot, and more of the flashlight treatment of his earlier book, ORIENT EXPRESS. Read full book review >

"Despite three or four outstanding pieces, then, this volume's mainly for Greene scholars."
The grand old man of English letters here collects 12 diverting stories of disparate quality that were written between 1923 and 1989. Read full book review >

"But thou one evening while everyone is carousing in Much Snoreing, Toby discovers a fire in a barn, wakes Sam who extinguishes it with his old engine and is reestablished."
The English novelist makes a successful jump to a juvenile, writing sagely and sympathetically of the trials of an outdated engine, its fireman Sam Trolley, and his horse Today. Read full book review >

"Hearty, but not The Heart of the Matter."
A companion story for Greene's The Little Red Fire Engine (published last year and also illustrated in color by Dorothy Craigie) takes a similar theme, though with different characters and setting and chronicles a London grocer's conquest of bankruptcy. Read full book review >

"This time a steamroller, working away at his job at the London Airport is emphatically instrumental in capturing a gang of smugglers."
A companion book to the other stories Graham Greene has been writing for children (see The Little Red Fire Engine and The Little Horse Bus) again makes the perversity of objects work in favor of the law. Read full book review >