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Graham Greene (1) (1904–1991)

Author of The Quiet American

For other authors named Graham Greene, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Born in 1904, Graham Greene was the son of a headmaster and the fourth of six children. Preferring to stay home and read rather than endure the teasing at school that was a by-product of his father's occupation, Greene attempted suicide several times and eventually dropped out of school at the age show more of 15. His parents sent him to an analyst in London who recommended he try writing as therapy. He completed his first novel by the time he graduated from college in 1925. Greene wrote both entertainments and serious novels. Catholicism was a recurring theme in his work, notable examples being The Power and the Glory (1940) and The End of the Affair (1951). Popular suspense novels include: The Heart of the Matter, Our Man in Havana and The Quiet American. Greene was also a world traveler and he used his experiences as the basis for many books. One popular example, Journey Without Maps (1936), was based on a trip through the jungles of Liberia. Greene also wrote and adapted screenplays, including that of the 1949 film, The Third Man, which starred Orson Welles. He died in Vevey, Switzerland in 1991. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Portrait in the National Gallery, London by Anthony Palliser

Series

Works by Graham Greene

The Quiet American (1955) 8,030 copies
The Power and the Glory (1940) 7,742 copies
The End of the Affair (1951) 6,520 copies
Our Man in Havana (1958) 5,349 copies
Brighton Rock (1938) 5,155 copies
The Heart of the Matter (1948) 5,070 copies
Travels with My Aunt (1969) 3,744 copies
The Human Factor (1978) 3,251 copies
The Comedians (1966) 2,692 copies
The Honorary Consul (1973) 2,132 copies
The Third Man (1949) 2,107 copies
A Burnt-Out Case (1960) 1,881 copies
Stamboul Train (1932) 1,854 copies
The Ministry of Fear (1943) 1,646 copies
Monsignor Quixote (1982) 1,632 copies
The Tenth Man (1985) 1,358 copies
A Gun for Sale (1936) 1,159 copies
The Confidential Agent (1939) 1,150 copies
The Captain and the Enemy (1988) 856 copies
England Made Me (1935) 849 copies
Journey Without Maps (1936) 741 copies
A Sort of Life (1971) 659 copies
Twenty-One Stories (1954) 627 copies
Ways of Escape (1980) 609 copies
May We Borrow Your Husband? (1967) 604 copies
The Man Within (1929) 587 copies
Complete Short Stories (2005) 451 copies
Loser Takes All (1955) 442 copies
It's a Battlefield (1934) 438 copies
The Lawless Roads (1939) 436 copies
Collected Short Stories (1954) 421 copies
Getting to Know the General (1984) 376 copies
The Spy's Bedside Book (1957) 354 copies
Collected Essays (1969) 264 copies
The Portable Graham Greene (1973) 263 copies
Lord Rochester's Monkey (1974) 263 copies
A Sense of Reality (1963) 250 copies
Under the Garden (1991) 234 copies
Three Entertainments (1936) 158 copies
The Third Man (Screenplay) (1901) 130 copies
No Man's Land (2004) 113 copies
The Potting Shed (1957) 108 copies
A World of My Own (1992) 106 copies
Reflections (1990) 97 copies
Victorian Villainies (1984) — Editor — 91 copies
The little train (1800) 78 copies
Fallen Idol (1987) 71 copies
Nineteen Stories (1947) 70 copies
The Complete Entertainments (1976) 64 copies
Shades of Greene (1975) 64 copies
The Little Fire Engine (1973) 62 copies
The Complaisant Lover (1959) 58 copies
The Destructors (1990) 56 copies
The Little Horse Bus (1952) 51 copies
J'Accuse (1775) 47 copies
The Little Steamroller (1802) 44 copies
The Living Room (1953) 42 copies
Great Modern Short Novels (1966) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Return of A.J. Raffles (1975) 40 copies
The End of the Party (1982) 38 copies
Collected Plays (1985) 35 copies
The Great Novels (1997) 31 copies
The Old School: Essays by Divers Hands (1934) — Editor — 30 copies
Triple Pursuit! (1964) 28 copies
British Dramatists (1942) 25 copies
Carving a Statue (1964) 19 copies
Fragments of Autobiography (1991) 18 copies
Alle verhalen (1973) 16 copies
The Third Man. Easy Readers (1968) 15 copies
Three Plays (1961) 13 copies
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contributor — 12 copies
A Chance for Mr. Lever (1998) 11 copies
Stories from six authors (1960) — Contributor — 11 copies
Nouvelles (1992) 8 copies
El billete de lotería (1964) 6 copies
The Name of Action (1930) 6 copies
Rumour at Nightfall (1932) 6 copies
Romanzi (2000) 6 copies
Cuentos completos (2011) 5 copies
Cheap in August 5 copies
Brighton Rock 5 copies
Regények (1982) 4 copies
Erzählungen (1977) 4 copies
Obras 4 copies
Essais (1969) 3 copies
Cinco novelas (2012) 3 copies
Why the Epigraph? (1989) 3 copies
Romanzi 1936-1955 (2001) 3 copies
Obras completas. Tomo 5 (1987) 2 copies
Zor Tercih (2015) 2 copies
Obras 1 (1958) 2 copies
Tutti i racconti (2011) 2 copies
Komödien der Erotik. (1988) 2 copies
The Bear Fell Free (1935) 2 copies
Doctor Crombie 2 copies
Beauty 2 copies
The virtue of disloyalty (1972) 2 copies
Yıkılış 1 copy
The Tenth Man / The Third Man — Author — 1 copy
Monsignor Quixote [radio play] (2016) — Original author — 1 copy
Inedito 1 copy
Pociąg do Stambułu (2015) 1 copy
Graham Greene (1980) 1 copy
Study guide 1 copy
Eleven 1 copy
The Monster of Capri (1985) 1 copy
Vier Romane 1 copy
Yes and No (1984) 1 copy

Associated Works

Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 500 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 463 copies
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1967) — Contributor — 432 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 429 copies
My Silent War: The Autobiography of a Spy (1968) — Foreword, some editions — 350 copies
The Third Man [1949 film] (1949) — Screenwriter — 341 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contributor — 329 copies
The Green Child (1935) — Introduction, some editions — 325 copies
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 318 copies
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 298 copies
Bad Trips (1991) — Contributor — 233 copies
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 193 copies
The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage (2003) — Contributor — 172 copies
Miss Silver's Past (1969) — Preface, some editions — 149 copies
A Decade of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1960) — Contributor, some editions — 147 copies
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
Short Stories from the Strand (1992) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Contributor — 136 copies
London After Midnight : A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts (1996) — Contributor — 135 copies
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contributor, some editions — 119 copies
Strange Tales From the Strand (1991) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Best of Saki (1977) — Editor; Introduction — 87 copies
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contributor — 85 copies
Granta 17: While Waiting for a War (1985) — Contributor — 81 copies
Great Spy Stories From Fiction (1969) — Contributor, some editions — 76 copies
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contributor — 73 copies
The End of the Affair [1999 film] (1999) — Original book — 73 copies
The Quiet American [2002 film] (2002) — Original story — 71 copies
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contributor — 70 copies
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Contributor — 69 copies
Modern English Short Stories: Second Series (1911) — Contributor — 62 copies
Ministry of Fear [1944 film] (1944) — Original book — 57 copies
This Gun For Hire [1942 film] (1942) — Orginal book — 55 copies
The Penguin Classic Crime Omnibus (1984) — Contributor — 54 copies
Strangeness (1977) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Mists from Beyond (1993) — Contributor — 50 copies
To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories (1964) — Contributor, some editions; Contributor — 46 copies
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Heritage of British Literature (1983) — Contributor, some editions — 44 copies
Brighton Rock [1947 film] (1947) — Original book — 42 copies
The Lucifer Society (1971) — Contributor — 42 copies
The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Killing Spirit : An Anthology of Murder for Hire (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Fallen Idol [1948 film] (1948) — Short story; Screenwriter — 28 copies
Went the Day Well? [1942 film] (2006) — Short story — 28 copies
London Tales of Terror (1972) — Contributor — 26 copies
Great Short Stories of the World (1965) — Contributor — 26 copies
Mortal Echoes: Encounters With the End (2018) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Best Horror Stories (1977) — Contributor — 22 copies
Papa Doc & the Tonton Macoutes (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 20 copies
A bibliography of Arthur Conan Doyle (1984) — Foreword — 20 copies
The Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers (2001) — Contributor — 19 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 30 (1947) — Contributor — 15 copies
Cockburn Sums Up (1981) — Foreword, some editions — 13 copies
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contributor — 13 copies
Classic Crime Short Stories (2001) — Contributor — 13 copies
Travels with My Aunt [1972 film] (2011) — Original book — 12 copies
31 Stories (1960) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Quiet American [1958 film] (1958) — Original story — 12 copies
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contributor — 10 copies
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contributor — 9 copies
Griezelverhalen 2 (1962) — Contributor — 9 copies
Dark Lessons: Crime and Detection on Campus (1984) — Contributor — 8 copies
Best modern short stories (1965) — Contributor — 8 copies
African sketchbook (1962) — Preface — 7 copies
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
London After Midnight: A Conducted Tour, Part 1 (1996) — Contributor — 4 copies
Child's Ploy (1984) — Contributor — 4 copies
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Racconti di cinema (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies
Dr. Fischer of Geneva — Original book — 3 copies
Wrongteous (2008) — Contributor — 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Fireside Book of Suspense (1947) — Contributor — 2 copies
This Gun for Hire [1991 TV movie] — Original novel — 2 copies
Im Kerzenschein. Geschichten zum Träumen — Contributor — 2 copies
Mexico reisverhalen — Contributor — 2 copies
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy
Missing From Their Homes — Contributor — 1 copy
10 moderne spionhistorier — Author, some editions — 1 copy
The Heart of the Matter [1953 film] (1954) — Original book — 1 copy
Eight European Artists (1954) — Introduction — 1 copy

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Reviews

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Colin Firth who did an amazing job. I recommend it highly. The author captures the angst of a broken relationship and the uncertainty of our existence.
 
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Chrissylou62 | 170 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
The more I do not read Contemporary Fiction, the more important the predecessors become. Case in point: Graham Greene. Never has the degradation of every but one of the dramatis personae been so trepidatiously depicted. Imagine someone writing in those years between the apexes of Hammett and Chandler, a British Catholic, setting his terrors at the most cliched of sites, the seaside resort. Impotent wanna-be gangsters collide with both semi-professionals and well-meaning interlopers. Being me, I knew how it all would end. Graham Greene proved me very wrong, to my delight.… (more)
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jlbattis | 116 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
Rather despairing read. Well written.
 
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simbaandjessie | 4 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |
Graham Greene is, of course, more celebrated for his fiction than for anything else, but this, a book of travel writing as he made his way through Sierra Leone and Liberia, is a masterpiece of the genre and as worth reading today as when it was published. I haven't visited either of these countries myself, but I am familiar with the discomforts of exploring Africa - I wove my way from Ghana to South Africa overland more than a decade ago - and so much of what Greene writes rings true: the illness, the dirt, the lack of food, but also the warmth of the people he met, and the beauty of the places he saw.… (more)
 
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