A Sort of Life

A Sort of Life

by Graham Greene (Author)


Graham Greene's 'long journey through time' began in 1904, when he was born into a tribe of Greenes based in Berkhamstead at the public school where his father was headmaster. In A Sort of Life Greene recalls schooldays and Oxford, adolescent encounters with psychoanalysis and Russian roulette, his marriage and conversion to Catholicism, and how he rashly resigned from The Times when his first novel, The Man Within was published in 1929. A Sort of Life reveals, brilliantly and compellingly, a life lived and an art obsessed by 'the dangerous edge of things'.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: 02 Sep 1999

ISBN 10: 0099282577
ISBN 13: 9780099282570
Book Overview: The first volume of Graham Greene's notoriously misleading, mischievous , but nonetheless fascinating autobiography.

Media Reviews
A great writer who spoke brilliantly to a whole generation -- Alec Guinness
The setting of his life is beautifully observed and conveyed. I have never admired his writing more - the masterly skill and economy; the excitement he manages to pump, not just into the narrative, but into the very sentences, which throb and glow themselves * Observer *
A subversive hero, self-consciously seeking out (in Browning's words) 'the dangerous edge of things,' who lived everywhere and nowhere, a man whom few people ever knew... Greene was a restless traveler, a committed writer, a terrible husband, an appalling father and an admitted manic-depressive * New York Times *
This is the work of a remarkable man determined to show he is not particularly remarkable...his fame is secure * Daily Telegraph *
Greene wrote some of the most commanding English novels of the twentieth century and some of the slickest commercial thrillers * Newsday *
Author Bio
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.