Books by Graham Greene

GRAHAM GREENE by Graham Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2008

"A key addition to Greene's matchless oeuvre."
A revealing portrait of a fascinating life emerges gradually from nearly 70 years' worth of the great British author's letters to family members, lovers, literary peers, readers and others. Read full book review >
A WORLD OF MY OWN by Graham Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
YOURS, ETC. by Christopher Hawtree
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 >
THE CAPTAIN AND THE ENEMY by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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By his own admission (in a brief introduction here), Greene had "completely forgotten" the existence of an unpublished story called The Tenth Man—sold in 1944 to MGM, which dug it out of the archives in 1983.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 >
GETTING TO KNOW THE GENERAL by Graham Greene
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 >
MONSIGNOR QUIXOTE by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
DR FISCHER OF GENEVA OR THE BOMB PARTY by Graham Greene
Released: May 1, 1980

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 >
WAYS OF ESCAPE by Graham Greene
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
THRILLERS
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 >
LORD ROCHESTER'S MONKEY by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
GRAHAM GREENE by Graham Greene
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 >
THE HONORARY CONSUL by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE COMPLAISANT LOVER by Graham Greene
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 >
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THREE BY GRAHAM GREENE by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE LOST CHILDHOOD And Other Essays by Graham Greene
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
NINETEEN STORIES by Graham Greene
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 >
THE MINISTRY OF FEAR by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE LABYRINTHINE WAYS by Graham Greene
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 >
THE CONFIDENTIAL AGENT by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
JOURNEY WITHOUT MAPS by Graham Greene
Released: Nov. 6, 1936

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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE LAST WORD And Other Stories by Graham Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE

"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 >
THE LITTLE RED FIRE ENGINE by Graham Greene

"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 >
THE LITTLE HORSE BUS by Graham Greene

"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 >
THE LITTLE STEAMROLLER by Graham Greene

"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 >