Richard Greene, currently Professor of English at Toronto University, is the editor of THE SELECTED LETTERS OF EDITH SITWELL and the author of Sitwell's forthcoming biography. He is not related to Graham Greene.Author Location: TorontoSELECTED LETTERS OF EDITH SITWELL (978 1 86049 467 3)
The novelist's life as revealed through his letters, edited by University of Toronto professor Greene, surprisingly, no relation. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
** 'GRAHAM GREENE: A LIFE IN LETTERS will offer the most important contribution to studies of the writer since the completion of Norman Sherry's epic, three-volume biography - BOOKSELLER** 'A triumph of judgment and judicious selection that offers a vivid new picture of Greene the man: his pleasures, foibles and, above all, his generosity... Now, perhaps for the first time, he emerges whole from the shadow of his biographers, as distinctiv - Ian Thomson, SUNDAY TIMES** 'Impeccably edited by Richard Greene, it succeeds admirably in it's declared purpose: to bring together for the first time in one volume letters ''that are engaging to read and that reveal Greene's personal, literary, religious and political concerns over a period of 70 years.'' - Nicholas Shakespeare, DAILY TELEGRAPH** 'A condensed portrait of the successful literary life in the 20th century. - Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY
Richard Greene (an associate professor at the University of Toronto and no relation of the novelist's) provides an incisive introduction, narrative and annotations to his selection of Graham Greene's letters from 1921 to 1991, which appear together for the first time. Perennially shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature but never a recipient, Greene is presented in these letters through the five main preoccupations of his life: Roman Catholicism, politics, love, travel and, certainly not least, the processes of writing and publishing. As a publisher at Eyre & Spottiswoode, and as an author in disputes with Heinemann's and Viking ("Would rather change publisher than title"), Greene gained an unusually rounded view of the business side of his profession. In love and through several intense and long-lasting affairs, Greene remains something of a tortured exhibitionist. His writing career led to correspondence with a range of authors and personalities, including Evelyn Waugh, Muriel Spark, Kurt Vonnegut, Ralph Richardson, Michael Korda, Anthony Burgess, the future Pope Paul VI and radical Swiss theologian Hans K ng. Points of travel famously include such hot spots as Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Cuba and Israel. In all, this well-thought-out collection newly reveals a remarkable activist-writer. 8 pages of illus. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.