Greene, Graham, 1904-1991

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Birth 1904-10-02
Death 1991-04-03
French, Finnish, Italian, English

Biographical notes:

English novelist.

From the description of Autograph and typewritten letters and notes signed "Graham" (62) : London, etc., to his brother, Herbert, 1945 May 11-1955 Sept. 12 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270497418

From the description of Graham Greene letters to Mercia Harrison, 1945-1990. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 465279409

English writer and dramatist.

From the description of Graham Greene Collection, 1924-1998. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122319025

Graham (Henry) Greene (1904-1991), writer, film critic, and editor, born in Berkhamsted, England, the son of Charles Henry and Marion Raymond Greene.

From the description of Graham Greene collection, 1962-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173863184

English author.

From the description of Typed letter signed : London, to Nicholas Moore of Poetry London, 1945 Sept. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874923

English author, poet and playwright.

Born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, Greene attended Oxford and then joined the staff of THE TIMES. He converted to Catholicism in 1926 and his first novel appeared in 1929. Many of Greene's works were adapted for radio and television. His first play appeared in 1953.

From the description of Gerald C. Walling-Graham Greene Collection, 1953-[1975?]. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 33825833

Graham Henry Greene was born on Oct. 2, 1904 in Berkhamsted, England to Charles Henry Greene and Marion Raymond Greene. His father was headmaster of Berkhamsted School, which Greene attended from 1915 until 1921. He completed his formal education at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a second in modern history in 1925. The next year Greene converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism, and, in 1927, married Vivien Dayrell Browning, a fellow Catholic. They had two children, Lucy Caroline and Francis. Greene, a prolific writer, is best known as a novelist, though he also wrote plays, short stories, and non-fiction. He was on the staff of The times, London from 1926 to 1930 and was literary editor of The spectator during 1940 and 1941. He contributed film criticism to the short-lived periodical Night and day (July 1-Dec. 23, 1937), and, in 1954, was the Indochina correspondent for The new republic. During World War II he worked for the British Foreign Office and was stationed in Africa. In 1977 he was a member of the Panamanian delegation to Washington for the signing of the Panama Canal Treaties. Greene died on April 3, 1991 in Vevey, Switzerland.

Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby (1912-1988) was a British intelligence operative who spied for the Soviet Union. Recruited to the KGB while a student at Cambridge, he provided the Soviet Union with a wealth of information gathered in his position in the British Secret Intelligence Service. In 1949 he was posted to Washington, D.C., as the British liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency, but he fell under suspicion and in 1951 was recalled to London. Failiing to be reinstated to the Intelligence Service, Philby went to Lebanon as a freelance intelligence agent, and, in 1963, defected to Moscow, where he spent the rest of his life. He married his fourth wife, Rufina, a Russian, in 1971. Graham Greene, who had been a wartime colleague of Philby in the British Secret Intelligence Service, visited him in Moscow in 1986 and 1987.

From the description of The Graham Greene papers. Part 2, 1944-2001 (bulk 1967-1985). (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 99826361

English author, poet and playwright.

Greene attended Oxford and then joined the staff of THE TIMES. He converted to Catholicism in 1926 and his first novel appeared in 1929. Many of Greene's works were adapted for radio and television. He emerged as one of the major authors of the twentieth century.

From the description of Graham Greene papers, 1892-1999 (bulk 1950-1990). (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 33347062

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Graham Greene was one of the most widely read authors, playwrights and literary critics of the twentieth century. Born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, in 1904, Henry Graham Greene was the fourth of six children. Greene was first educated at the Berkhamsted School where his father was headmaster. He left the school at age 15, and moved on to study modern history at Balliol College in Oxford. It was there that Greene was able to hone in his interests in politics and writing, and worked as editor for The Oxford Outlook. After college, Greene converted to Roman Catholicism in 1926, partially under the influence of his future wife, Vivien Dayrell-Browning, whom he married in 1927. Greene's interests in Catholicism and international politics would continue to influence his work throughout his lifetime. Shortly after college, Greene moved to London and worked as a copy editor for The Times for 4 years, and upon the success of his first novel, The Man Within (1929), he quit The Times and traveled for three years as a freelance journalist.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1941, Greene began working for the British Foreign Office, and was stationed at Freetown, Sierra Leone, for a good portion of Word War II, which was the setting for his well known novel, The Heart of the Matter (1948; filmed 1953). The Quiet American (filmed 1958, 2002) also draws upon Greene's experiences as an agent in Sierra Leone and on his experiences in Saigon. Greene wrote many short stories, novels, and "entertainment pieces" (such as comedies and thrillers) throughout his lifetime; his travels and experiences as both an agent and journalist greatly influenced his writing. The Lawless Roads (1939) and The Power and the Glory (1940), for example, were written after Greene traveled to Mexico to witness religious purges.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1966, Greene became Companion of Honour, and in 1986 he received an Order of Merit. Greene's success as a writer enabled him to live comfortably in London, Antibes, and Capri, and he would continue to travel and write until old age prevented him from doing so. Greene died at the age of 86 in Vevey, Switzerland, on April 13th, 1991.

From the guide to the Graham Greene letters, 1933-1990., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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