Wednesday, October 2, 2013

British novelist Graham Greene was born - 1904

Henry Graham Greene was born on October 2, 1904 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. He was a novelist, playwright and literary critic, whose works were noted for his ability to combine serious literary acclaim with widespread popularity. He was educated at Oxford and joined the staff of The Times in 1926. His first novel, The Man Within, was published in 1929. This was followed by Stamboul Train (1932), It’s a Battlefield (1934), England Made Me (1935) and Gun for Sale (1936). In 1936 Greene became the film critic of Spector and later became the magazine's literary editor. During this period he published Brighton Rock (1938), The Confidential Agent (1939) and The Power and the Glory (1940).
During World War II, he worked for the Foreign Office as a spy in Sierra Leone. On his return to England he wrote the screenplay for The Third Man and published a series of best-selling novels including The Heart of the Matter (1948), The End of the Affair (1951), The Quiet American (1955) and Our Man in Havana (1958). Greene's left-wing opinions brought him to the attention of the FBI and CIA, who were concerned about his support of governments that resisted US domination in Latin America. He was a strong opponent of the Soviet Union and for many years forbade his work from being published in the country. His views changed when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power and in 1987 he took part in an international peace forum in Moscow. Greene died in Switzerland on April 3, 1991.
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