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1st Edition

A Preface to Greene

ISBN 9780582437692
Published August 18, 2000 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Lists of Illustrations and Maps  Editorial Notes and Acknowledgements  Abbreviations  Part One: The Writer and his Setting.  Chronological Table  1.The Life of a Novelist  2. The early years  3.  The middle years  4.  The later years  5.  Finale  6. Contexts and Issues, Religious matters, Political matters, Anti-Semitism and the case of Stamboul Train, Various influences  Part Two: The Art of Greene  7. The nature and origins of Greeneland  8. Novels, 'Entertainments', and the redemption of Greeneland  9  Recycling, recurrences and games with names  10. 'Leopards' and other stylistic matters  11. Critical accounts: Darkest Greeneland: Brighton Rock,  Mastery: The Power and the Glory,  Collaborative excellence: the film, The Third Man
13. Conclusion: Greene's place in literary history  Part Three: Reference section  13.  Gazetteer  14.  Biographical list  15.  Bibliography  16.Further reading and list of films

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