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SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Richard Greene CHARACTERS Ú Graham Greene: A Life in Letters Richard Greene ✓ 0 CHARACTERS There have been a number of Graham Greene biographies but none has captured his voice his loves hates family and friends–intimate and writerly–or his deep understanding of the world like this astonishing collection of letters Graham Greene is one of the few modern novelists who can be called great In the course of his long and eventful life 1904 1991 he wrote tens of thousands of letters to family friends writers publishers and others involved in his various interests and causes A Life in Letters presents a fresh and engrossing account of his life career and mind in his own words Meticulously chosen and engagingly annotated this selection of. Shortly after this letter he wrote a public protest against the treatment of Charlie Chaplin who had lived for forty years in the United States The Attorney General ordered that Chaplin be detained when he tried to re enter the United States because of speeches he had given in support of Russia when it was invaded by Germany Doubtless as a result of the publicity Graham was himself granted a visa for only eight weeks cFinally separated from Vivien who refused on religious grounds to allow a divorce he found that Catherine though willing to conduct an affair would not marry him for fear of losing her children and that Dorothy simply would not let him go On several occasions he came near to suicide c Poor guy All the gals did him in Almost Around 1958 Greene also started a novel about school life but found the subject so grim that he abandoned it in favour of leprosy c I m sorry but it s really hilarious that it s implicated that school is worse than leprosy And it s even hilarious that I agree with this point to some extentRestless by temperament he yearned for excitement but he also believed that something essential about life is revealed in privation and his travels did not serve merely as a painted backdrop to the stories but were necessary to the work of imagining human reality c he wrote of Sierra Leone Here you could love human beings nearly as God loved them knowing the worst cIt is hard to imagine that the greater part of what Graham Greene wrote in his life remains unpublished Greene once guessed that he wrote about two thousand letters each year Some have simply vanished but many thousands have recently come to light some in dusty filing cabinets others in out of the way archives One extremely important collection of letters to his son wife and mother was recently discovered inside a hollow book c SeriouslyI met a farmer at lunch the other day who was employing two lunatics what fine workers they were he said and how loyal cIn the midst of a simmering dispute over money the Viking Press proposed that Greene change the title of Travels with My Aunt to something saleable He cabled his agent Would rather change publisher than title Graham Greene cAlthough an admirer of Dubliners Greene like Roddy Doyle thought Joyce s Ulysses one of the most overrated classics and a big bore cI believe I ve got a book coming I feel so excited that I spell out your name in full carefully sticking my tongue between my teeth to pronounce it right The act of creation s awfully odd inexplicable like falling in love cSome of Greene s biographers have imputed to him without other evidence all the moral flaws to be found in his characters Indeed his situation has been like that of Dame Muriel Spark who observed There s a lot of people think they can take my books and analyse me from them On that principle Agatha Christie would be a serial killer c One can t believe 365 days a year but my faith tells me that my reasoning is wrong c I ve had an odd life when I come to think of it Useless and sometimes miserable but bizarre and on the whole not boring cHis daughter recalls that he looked on his own death with great curiosity as to what if anything lay ahead It was for him another journey without maps cThe Abbey itself lighted up brilliantly but outside the door nothing but a great bank of mist with now and again a vague steel helmeted figure appearing only to disappear again cThere s a most marvellous fog here to day my love It makes walking a thrilling adventure I ve never been in such a fog before in my life If I stretch out my walking stick in front of me the ferrule is half lost in obscurity Coming back I twice lost my way ran into a cyclist to our mutual surprise Stepping off a pavement to cross to the other side becomes a wild fantastic adventure like sailing into the Atlantic to find New York with no chart or compass Once where the breadth of the road was greater than the normal I found myself back on the same pavement as I started having slowly swerved in my course across the road I ve got to sally out now find my little Editor to give him some tea If you never hear from me again you will know that somewhere I am moving round in little plaintive circles looking for a pavement cDo you know anyone in England who owns a revolver The consensus of opinion seems to be that one must have a revolver My own feeling is that it would be dangerous to me than to anyone else and I certainly can t afford to buy one An amusing result of this trip seems to be that one is likely to be offered the most amazing variety of jobs varying from the most august to the most farcical adoption by old Harris as his successor as Parliamentary Secretary to the Anti Slavery Society But this in confidence I have to be stared at and my private life examined by a committee of philanthropists I m afraid I shan t get by this cScandinavians are terribly Scandinavian cI had a painful purgatorial lunch yday with Grigson Spender Rosamond Lehmann my mind clouded with aspirins I hadn t met S before he struck me as having too much human kindness A little soft cThe baby is crying I have ten books accumulated for review this damned thriller to write The other fly in the ointment is a libel action I don t know whether you remember the drunk party at Freetown in Journey Without Maps I called the drunk whose real name was uite different Pa Oakley It now turns out that there is a Dr P D Oakley head of the Sierra Leone Medical Service The book s been withdrawn luckily all but 200 copies have been sold writs have been served and he s out for damages Anxious days c Wow Who would have gussed that an author s life is so rife with strife RidiculousCasting is proving very different Menzies finds lovely people with appallingly tough faces but when they open their mouths they all have Oxford accents cI was driven distracted by rats when I discovered in the house of a Norwegian the widow of an American coffee planter a copy of The Hotel the only book of yours I hadn t read Your book was so infinitely actual than the absurd situation cI see things rather as follows immediate conscription is certain Therefore a one may find oneself in the army with or without a commission This means small earning power and only a small allowance In that case one must make one s savings go as far and as long as possible Under those circumstances I should feel very grateful if my family were boarded out either with Eleanor or you on some sharing basis we d contribute of course to rates labour etc as well as board And this house would be shut up or letb one would find oneself in some ministry of information or propaganda at a reasonable salary In that case I should take as cheap lodging as possible in town or get someone to share expenses of this house and find a cottage perhaps at Campden for the children cIn confidence life at the moment is devilishly involved psychologically War offers the only possible solution Glad you liked The Lawless Roads Considering it was written in six months I don t think it s bad cI have always found too that Americans I have noticed it in proof readers resent any departure from the usual practice How often have I had an adjective ueried and some banal clich suggested in its place cYou are missing nothing here Only the faint susurrus of the intellectuals dashing for ministry posts cTo send the sympathy of strangers at such a cruel time seems like a mockery cI like the conscienceless savoir faire cI was thinking out an idea yday of an organisation of war authors parallel to the war artists They would be given acting rank assigned to the various fronts to do an objective non newsy unpropaganda picture of the war for publication in England America composite books probably I can t help feeling there s something here they should be people who are published in America anyway on their name Of course the idea behind it is to avoid being sent for six weary months of training to Catterick or some other hole cI must stop read an incredibly funny indecent Hugh Walpole I am doing Spectator fiction to earn some money Standing up they embraced until they were indeed one flesh one heart one soul But it hurts to make love standing so Joe said Let s not bother about lunch Another gem For weeks they had been constantly together during the last week had been without a break in one another s arms spiritually when it had been too public to be so physically cIn fact you are objecting to him on the same grounds as people who object to a book because it has no nice characters The answer is they are not meant to be nice cYou certainly live now in a stranger world than that priest s c I feel over awed without my books cI am now literary editing this rag which isn t uite as I pictured warcThe whole war is good for someone like me who has always suffered from an anxiety neurosis I turn down work right and left just for the fun of not caring cthe pay being good but with a sinister absence of competition cThen for reasons only known to themselves the CO thought it would do me good to get a military background so I was sent for four weeks to a college here taught how to salute with a little stick under my arm on the march a thing I shall never have to do They also tried without success to teach me to motorcycle on Shotover this always ended in disaster As I seemed to be surviving better than the bicycles they gave it up gave me flu instead This was definitely the military background the hideous little MO with dirty yellow fingers the no heating the lavatories on the other side of a cold uad the struggle for water to drink the dreadful cold soggy steak kidney pudding on iron trays I packed a suitcase and fled here but they d already added bronchitis to the flu c yesterday on the way to the lavatory I caught sight of myself in a glass huddled in an old yellow overcoat like a humble character in Dostoievsky pursuing the scent of a samovar into somebody else s flat cIt s sad because it was a pretty house but oddly enough it leaves one very carefree cWell this has been a moan I hadn t meant it to be I ve had an odd life when I come to think of it Useless and sometimes miserable but bizarre and on the whole not boring cDearest Mumma Only people in Victorian novels do seem to behave so oddly whenever sex rears its ugly head Tremors and horrors and indignations cAnd at night there are far too many objects flying and crawling for my liking Wherever one wants to put one s hand suddenly to turn on a switch or what not there always seems to be a gigantic spider c the prizewinner always looks a little silly And it s odd that one feels pleased apart from the hundred pounds which is always useful I suppose at the bottom of every human mind is the rather degraded love of success any kind of success One feels ashamed of one s own pleasure cA thief got into my living room and stole a loaf of bread a table cloth and my sole remaining pair of glasses I cabled for So I got wire put up over all the windows which gives the impression that one is either living in a prison a nursery or a loony bin cI heard of your commando activity It must have been fun I wish they would take me on as a kind of war historian observer With honorary rank and no dull regimental duties These are the idle dreams of an exile cDo write again and let me know about your nurses constipation cThen make head office give you over lapping leaves Not leaves at the same time that s too purposeful like making a date to sleep with a new lech on a certain day cI m assuming for the sake of argument that you are just engaged In which case for God s sake remember that it s a distinct possibility to fall badly in love after sleeping with a man and that s the kind that goes on A man improves enormously too under that treatment in the way of nerves thin skinnedness sociability and the like Only of course it mustn t be done as an experiment but because one s feeling cheerful and a little drunk perhaps and in the mood c actually the prospect of peace now would fill me with utter gloom War has not yet touched enough people of ours to alter the world Here the complacency ignorance and well being is incredible cGod bless you dear God bless you dear I ve told a lot of lies in 38 years or I suppose in 35 years one couldn t lie from the cradle but this is true I hate life I hate myself I love you Never forget that I don t hate life ever when I m with you and you are happy but if I ever made you unhappy really badly hopelessly or saw life make you that I d want to die uickly There s a cat moving outside the door If it were you how uickly I d let you in No our life is too organized already Let us leave literature alone We needn t worry too much Man will always find a means to gratify a passion He will write as he will commit adultery in spite of taxation cBut mainly through my fault we have lived for years too far from reality the fact that has to be faced dear is that by my nature my selfishness even in some degree by my profession I should always with anyone have been a bad husband I think you see my restlessness moods melancholia even my outside relationships are symptoms of a disease not the disease itself the disease which has been going on ever since my childhood was only temporarily alleviated by psycho analysis lies in a character profoundly antagonistic to ordinary domestic life Unfortunately the disease is also one s material Cure the disease I doubt whether a writer would remain I daresay that would be all to the good So you see I really feel the hopelessness of sharing a life with anyone without causing them unhappiness disillusion if they have any illusions cI have loved no part of the world like this I have loved no woman as I love you You re my human Africa I love your smell as I love these smells I love your dark bush as I love the bush here cHow it applies to people of our kind of all who stand in danger by reason of their talents c

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SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Richard Greene CHARACTERS Ú Graham Greene: A Life in Letters Richard Greene ✓ 0 CHARACTERS Auberon Waugh Anthony Powell Edith Sitwell RK Narayan and Muriel Spark and to other notorious individuals such as the double agent Kim Philby Some of these letters dispute previous assessments of his character such as his alleged anti Semitism or obscenity and he emerges as a man of deep integrity decency and courage Others reveal the agonies of his romantic life especially his relations with his wife Vivien Greene and with one of his mistresses Catherine Walston The letters can be poignant despairing amorous furious or amusing but the sheer range of experience contained in them will astound everyone who reads this book From the Hardcover editio. Miami SunPost Jan 22 2009 An Envied Life Rifling Through the Letters of Graham GreeneBy John HoodThere might be debauching ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon drunk amid the bikinis at the Shore Club smashed in the afternoon at News Lounge bombed on a boat in the middle of Biscayne Bay but there are hardly edifying ways to spend the day than by backtracking through the life and work of the late great Graham GreeneWhich was why I was so keen this week to get my mitts on Richard Greene s Graham Greene A Life in Letters Norton 35 an extraordinarily comprehensive overview of what is to me a very envied lifeFirst some backgroundNovelist screenwriter and erstwhile foreign correspondent Greene was responsible for some of the 20th century s most remarkable works of fiction and of film Of his 25 novels and novellas two of which he repudiated and never republished at least 15 were made into movies including Stamboul Train as Orient Express A Gun for Sale as This Gun for Hire The Power and the Glory as The Fugitive Brighton Rock The End of the Affair The uiet American Our Man in Havana The Comedians and The Human FactorBut these weren t just any ol adaptations Of the 15 the majority were directed by some of cinema s most keen eyed lensmen among them Fritz Lang John Ford Edward Dmytryk and Otto Preminger Hell The uiet American alone was directed by both Joseph L Mankiewicz 1958 and Philip Noyce 2002 Yet as remarkable as was each of the aforementioned none made his way from page to screen with as much legend and longevity as The Third ManWritten and shot in 1949 Greene wrote the novella as background for the film director Carol Reed s classic film noir starred Joseph Cotten as an out of work writer of pulp Westerns and Orson Welles as the elusive Harry Lime whose character was based on double agent Kim Philby Greene s superior in the British Secret Service during World War II and a man to whom Greene remained allegiant throughout Welles famously was incredibly difficult showing up to the set weeks late and refusing among other things to shoot in the labyrinthine sewers of Vienna which forced the producers Alexander Korda and David O Selznick who feuded throughout and refused to be credited to build separate sets on a London soundstageReed and Greene though were old hands at making movie magic Both had received Oscar nominations for their work in 1948 s The Fallen Idol and each had by then developed a steely British resolve especially when it came to the temperaments of Hollywood So it was no surprise that The Third Man would go on to win the Grand Prize at Cannes and earn Reed another nod from The Academy and a win for cinematographer Robert KraskerBut I digress Not a difficult thing to do when it concerns a figure as formidable as Graham Greene But it s just such a digression that makes thumbing through Richard Greene s edit of Graham Greene s letters so enjoyableArranged by the books which after all were what truly defined the man A Life really begins with Doubleday Doran s acceptance of 1929 s The Man Within and doesn t let up till 1978 s spy tingling The Human Factor And while there s no correspondence between Greene and Otto Preminger who d shoot the 79 film or Tom Stoppard who would write the screenplay letters to the likes of journalist Bernard Diederich who set up Greene s visit with Panamanian strongman Omar Torrijos novelist Auberon Waugh whose diaries Greene dug writer Shirley Hazzard who d go on to pen Greene on Capri and British media personality Malcolm Muggeridge who d converted to Catholicism and was keen to get Greene on TV than make up for any lapse you may feel There s even a short note to Fidel Castro whom Greene had met 16 years earlier on behalf of two poets then imprisoned in CubaGreene was a bit of a rake Till his death he carried on numerous affairs including one with Swedish screen sensation Anita Bjork and correspondence with all his women runs throughout A Life A former spy there are tidbits of secret doings between Philby and Muggeridge and other of his war time contemporaries There are famous literary friendships both as peer Anthony Burgess Evelyn Waugh and as advocate RK Narayan Muriel Spark Mostly though there s the trajectory of a man who sought out and made for worlds on edge Mexico Haiti the Congo and always had time enough write it all down and to write backIf you re not already a fan of Graham Greene best you first read the books and see the films But if you re at all familiar with Greene s formidable body of great good work and there are many among us then this deftly edited collection of letters will provide an uncommon joy and an inside look into what only can be described as yes I ll say it again an envied life

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SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Richard Greene CHARACTERS Ú Graham Greene: A Life in Letters Richard Greene ✓ 0 CHARACTERS Letters–many of them seen here for the first time–gives an entirely new perspective on a life that combined literary achievement political action espionage exotic travel and romantic entanglementIn several letters the individuals events or places described provide the inspiration for characters episodes or locations found in his later fiction The correspondence describes his travels in Mexico Africa Malaya Vietnam Haiti Cuba Sierra Leone Liberia and other trouble spots where he observed the struggles of victims and victors with a compassionate and truthful eye The volume includes a vast number of unpublished letters to authors Evelyn Waugh. Greene is such an avid letter writer this collection contains thousands of Greene s editted letters dated as early as his days at Oxford courting and falling in love with his wife and converting to Catholic and as late as the final days of his life Greene wrote regularly to his beloved mother his friend Evelyn Waugh his great love Catherine Walston his brother Hugh Greene his son Francis and daughter Caroline Lucy and hundreds of other writers critics and admirers What is most interesting about this collection is the depth and passionate nature of his love for Catherine Walston it seems clear to me now that she was his greatest love which never uite left him They shared a love of reading and an incurable physical attraction and attachment to each other in this respect The End of the Affair seems like an autobiography The letters to his mother and his wife son and dauther show a responsible caring person Also interesting are his letters to Waugh for their mutual admiration and his thoughts of the novelist s relations to art and society From Greene s point of view the obligations of a novelist besides the most primitive ones such as taking care of his family and not committing crimes are 1 to tell the truth and 2 to accept nothing from the state What emerged from his letters is a writer with an extraordinary blend of ualities sensitive passionate restless shy sharp and prodigiously imaginative