The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 3 by Norman Sherry
1956-1991

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October 2, 2004, marks the centenary of one of the twentieth century’s most important literary figures: Graham Greene. In volume three, Norman Sherry brings this magisterial biography—twenty-seven years in the making—to a close. Following Greene, still an agent for the British government, from prerevolutionary Cuba and the Belgian Congo to adulterous interludes in Capri and Antibes, Sherry shows Greene at the height of his fame, in the company of other literary luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Ian Fleming, and Noël Coward.

Through unparalleled access to letters, to diaries, and to Greene himself, Sherry reveals with insight and eloquence Greene’s obsessions, his complicated religious feelings, and most significantly, his art. This volume, with its wealth of new and shocking details, brings to a close what Margaret Atwood called "the definitive biography."

 

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published October 7, 2004 by Viking Adult. 944 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Sherry gives us another Greene, though, who is rather more disagreeable, beset, as a Catholic, by doubts over the existence of God, given to quarreling with protégés and admirers over trivial matters, so convinced of his greatness that he thinks nothing of overriding his fellow judges in a litera...

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The Life of Graham Greene - Volume 3: 1955-1991 by Norman Sherry Jonathan Cape £25, pp906 When Graham Greene died in 1991, at 86, his reputation as a great 'Catholic' writer was assured.

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The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 3: 1955-1991 by Norman Sherry 906pp, Cape, £25 Professor Norman Sherry's battle to understand and explain the life of Graham Greene is a legend of modern biography.

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In time for the centenary of Greene's birth comes Sherry's magnificent, much anticipated final installment of his biographic trilogy.

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Then, as Greene said, ``I do seem to muck up everyone I love.'' Here, in sometimes numbing detail, are his failing marriage and his affairs, first with the plucky but unglamorous Dorothy Glover, later with the gorgeous but determinedly married Catherine Walston, whom Greene pined after, fed on oc...

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London Review of Books

This can involve sharp practice as between competing authors: a good way of seeming authentic yourself is to lampoon the inauthenticity of your rival, as Somerset Maugham did to Hugh Walpole in the character of Alroy Kear in Cakes and Ale, and as Greene did to Priestley as Mr Savory in Stamboul T...

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London Review of Books

‘There are certain episodes of Graham Greene’s early life,’ he confides, ‘that have to be skipped entirely, like, for example, the curious role he played in the General Strike of 1926 when he became, briefly, a Special Constable.’ In 1991 Greene died and Michael Shelden published his authorised b...

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Bookmarks Magazine

With Volume III of The Life of Graham Greene, Sherry draws the curtain on his impressive biography of one of the 20th-century’s most prolific and esteemed British writers.

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The New York Review of Books

Apart from what we learn from Greene’s letters, which are quoted at length, we get from this biography a less vivid sense of what Greene was actually like as a person in later life than from the much shorter and more selective memoirs of Yvonne Cloetta and Shirley Hazzard,2 perhaps because Green...

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