Graham Greene by Michael. SHELDEN
The Enemy Within.

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Reveals Graham Greenes mysterious double life & identity: the respected novelist who was also a spy, & whose life was based on deception. The author of The Power & the Glory, The Third Man, & other distinguished literary works is portrayed in this biography as a man devoted not only to creating works of fiction but also to creating fiction about himself. He was highly regarded as a Catholic novelist, yet Shelden shows that his faith was one of many masks Greene donned as a cover for a life devoted to misinfo., intrigue, & mystery. Draws on previously unseen material, including documents from his MI6/Secret Service dossier, & interviews with those who knew him.
 

About Michael. SHELDEN

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Michael Shelden is the author of four previous biographies. For twelve years he was a features writer for "The Daily Telegraph "(London) and a fiction critic for The""Baltimore Sun". He is currently a professor at Indiana State University.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Random House.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Trying to hunt down the controversial, complex Greene (190491) as the Harry Lime of the literary racket, Shelden (Orwell, 1991, etc.) succeeds less in decoding the deceptions of Greene's life than in creating a trail of false leads.

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One might also add that since childhood looms large in Greene's work, there is something in the very nature of a Greene adultery -- and perhaps adultery in general -- that can make it seem as thrilling as a child's game: the hiding, the secrets, the lies, the playacting, the giggling satisfaction...

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It was she who said, ''Graham's misery is as real as an illness.'' Another (male) friend spoke of how Greene ''was only happy when he was being unhappy.'' Greene the novelist created central characters who were notoriously gloomy and Greene the traveler was hardly cheery either.

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Although Greene was renowned for his louche sexual habits (Shelden asserts he could have authored a splendid guide to the world's best brothels), it has not previously been documented that he had homosexual inclinations.

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Michael Shelden, author of "Graham Greene: The Enemy Within," says the great novelist may have been joking, but many eyebrows will rise at Shelden's gloss, which occurs a quarter of the way into this biography.

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but in real life Greene declined the offers of the devout Catholic Vivien to divorce after his affair with Catherine Walston had effectively ended their marriage of twenty-one years, and he never even legalized their separation.

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