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Collected Essays (1969)

by Graham Greene

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Have read his essay on his childhood reading, esp. Haggard and others.

Viking LC 79-75644, 463 pp. ( )
  Georges_T._Dodds | Mar 30, 2013 |
Mr. Greene's fictive method fails only when his sympathy fails. There is one dud (Samuel Butler, to the beauty and funniness of whose thought he's unsusceptible) in what amounts to a gallery of literary portraits on the lines of John Aubrey (for whom and writers roughly like him Mr. Greene keeps a learned and appreciative corner) or of Theophrastus with the theorizing left out.Mr. Greene knows by ear what it needs the genius of a Freud to reach by ratiocination: art is that lost childhood pursued and never quite regained. "Perhaps," he says in the first sentence of this volume, "it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives." I'm not the person to contradict him. His prose rained on, his moral honesty seeped into, the lost afternoons of my own childhood.
added by John_Vaughan | editNY Times, Brigid Brophy (Jul 12, 1969)
 
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