© 2003

Graham Greene

A Literary Life

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Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 9-14
  3. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 15-22
  4. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 23-33
  5. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 34-41
  6. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 42-57
  7. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 58-76
  8. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 86-95
  9. Neil Sinyard
    Pages 109-119
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 120-169

About this book


A new title in Palgrave Macmillan's Literary Lives series, this is a biographical narrative of Graham Greene's literary career. Among other things, it explores his motives for writing; the literary and cinematic influences that shaped his work; his writing routine and the importance of his childhood experience. Greene was elusive and enigmatic, and this book teases out the fiction from his autobiographies, the autobiography from his fictions, sharing Paul Theroux's view that you may not know Greene from his face or speech 'but from his writing, you know everything.'


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About the authors

NEIL SINYARD is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Hull. He is the author of twenty books on film, including Film and Literature: The Art of Screen Adaptation, which includes a comparison of Greene and Hitchcock; Children in the Movies, which discusses the representation of childhood in film and literature; and studies of directors such as Wilder, Hitchcock, Allan, Spielberg, Zinnemann and Roeg. He has published over a hundred articles for such publications as The Dickensian, The Critical Quarterly, Sight and Sound, The Sunday Telegraph, Positif and Cinema Papers, and he has written extensively on the relationship between literature and film.

Bibliographic information


'...for anyone...curious about Greene or how early childhood deprivations produce artists, or how Catholic guilt can screw even the the sharpest of intellects, reading this book is seriously fine entertainment.' - Catherine Ford, The Age Review

'...fresh and useful...this book will provide many readers with a new way of getting to know Greene' - Martin Corner, Kingston University, Newsletter of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust