Clear and easy-to-read, this comprehensive introduction to the life and works of Graham Greene presents a biographical account which draws upon the latest research on Greene. It surveys the contexts of his writing including among others the religious and political contexts, and the influences that helped to shape Greene's work. The second part of the book examines in some detail the major themes that occur in Greene's works, his techniques and imaginative preoccupations. In this section a detailed critical analysis is given of Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, and of the film The Third Man. Finally, a reference section provides a gazeteer, biographical list and a bibliography which is complemented by a recommended list of further reading, and a list of films.
Cedric Watts is Professor of English at the University of Sussex.