Lively, informed and thorough, this survey of the life and works of Graham Greene opens with a biographical account setting the writer in context of his times and describing and exploring the influences, tensions and contradictions that occur throughout his work. The second half of the book devotes itself to the 'art of Greene' discussing his writing techniques, recurring themes, and imaginative preoccupations. Within this section thorough critical analyses are given of three works: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, and the film, The Third Man. The book concludes with a reference section which comprises a gazeteer, a biographical list and a bibliography. Suggestions for further reading and a list of films encourage the student to explore the works of Greene more widely.
Chapter 1. The life of a writer
Chapter 2. Contexts and issues
Chapter 4. The nature and origins of Greeneland
Chapter 5. ‘Novels’, ‘Entertainments’, and the redemption of Greeneland
Chapter 6. Recycling, recurrences, and games with names
Chapter 7. ‘Leopards’ and other stylistic matters
Chapter 9. Conclusion: Greene’s place in literary history