Biographies & Memoirs

A Preface to Greene

A Preface to Greene

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.

Part I: The Writer and His Setting

Chronological table

Chapter 1. The life of a writer

Chapter 2. Contexts and issues

Part II: The Art of Greene

Chapter 3. Greene on his art

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 8. Critical accounts

Chapter 9. Conclusion: Greene’s place in literary history

Part III: Reference Section


Biographical list

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