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|Birthday/Birthplace||Henry Graham Greene
(1904-10-02)2 October 1904
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
|Deceased||3 April 1991(1991-04-03)
|College(s)||Balliol College, Oxford|
|Genre||Literary fiction, thriller|
|Spouse||Vivien Dayrell-Browning (1927–1991, his death; separated from 1947)|
|Partner||Catherine Walston, Lady Walston (1946–1966)
Yvonne Cloetta (1966–1991)
|Kid(s)||Lucy Caroline (b. 1933)
Francis (b. 1936)
Henry Graham Greene (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, October 2, 1904 – Vevey, Switzerland, April 3, 1991) was a British writer, screenwriter and critic, whose work explores human confusion modern and deals with politically or morally ambiguous issues in a contemporary background. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the United Kingdom.
Graham Greene’s Biography
Childhood and youth
Greene was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the fourth of six children. His younger brother Hugh was Director General of the BBC, and his older brother Raymond an eminent doctor and mountaineer. His parents, Charles Henry Greene and Marion Raymond Greene, were first cousins and members of a large and influential family to which the Greene King liquor owners and several bankers and businessmen belonged. Charles Greene was deputy director of Berkhamsted College, whose director was Dr. Thomas Fry (married to a cousin of Charles).
In 1910 Charles Greene succeeded Dr. Fry as director, and Graham attended school as an intern. Battered and deeply unhappy at the boarding school, Greene made several suicide attempts (some of them, according to Greene, with Russian roulette), and in 1921 at the age of 17 he underwent six months of psychoanalysis in London to deal with his melancholia. Greene, in a biography of Joseph Pearce, points out that they were the best six months of his life. After this he returned to school but not to the boarding school, living with his family. Among his classmates were Claud Cockburn and Peter Quennell.
Militar a few weeks, at age 19, in 1922, in the Communist Party of Great Britain, which cost him entrance restrictions in the US until the election of Kennedy, went to Balliol College in Oxford. Of him, his companion, Evelyn Waugh, said: “Graham Greene seemed childish and fatuous, he never participated in our youthful revelry.” His first work, a volume of poetry entitled Babbling April, was published in 1925, when he was still a student. It was not very well received by the critics.
After graduating Greene worked as a journalist, first in Nottingham and then as sub-editor in The Times. While in Nottingham he began a correspondence with Vivien Dayrell-Browning, a Catholic woman (by conversion) who had written to Greene to correct him in a matter of Catholic doctrine. Greene converted to Catholicism in 1926, and the couple married the following year. They had two children, Lucy (born in 1933) and Francis (born in 1936 and died in 1987). In 1948 Greene left Vivien for Catherine Walston, but they remained married.
Novels and other works
Greene published his first novel in 1929, entitled The Man Within (History of a Cowardice), and his reception allowed him to leave his work in The Times to devote himself completely to literature. However, the next two books were unsuccessful (Greene later disowned them), and his first authentic success was with Stamboul Train (“The Istanbul Train”) in 1932. Like many of his books, it was adapted for the cinema (Orient Express , 1934).
Greene completed his income as a novelist with whom he obtained as an independent journalist. He wrote reviews of books and films in The Spectator and co-edited the magazine Night and Day, which closed in 1937 shortly after his critique of the movie Wee Willie Winkie. There was a lawsuit against the newspaper for defamation, and the newspaper lost. In the movie, Shirley Temple, 9 years old, performed. Greene’s criticism alleged that Temple exhibited “a certain coquetry that sought to attract middle-aged people.” Today it is considered the first criticism of the sexualization of children in the entertainment industry.
At first his works were divided into two genres: mystery and intrigue novels, such as Brighton, an amusement park, which he himself called “entertainment” novels (although his arguments also had a philosophical side), and literary novels, such as Power and Glory, on which his reputation was based.
In continuing his career, both Greene and his readers discovered that the “entertainment” novels had as much literary level as their literary novels, and Greene’s latest works, such as The Comedians, Our Man in Havana, The American impassive, The human factor, combined these literary types, plus a remarkable inner understanding of their characters.
Greene also wrote many short novels and plays, which also, in general, were well received, although he always considered himself as a novelist. He also wrote four works for children.
Greene’s long and award-winning career gave his followers the hope that he would be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. However, although it was apparently seriously considered in 1974, Greene never received the award. His great popularity could have played against him among the professors and the religious themes of his novels could alienate some members of the jury.
Graham Greene Net Worth – $5 Million
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