Graham Greene was one of England's most daring, most politically and theologically controversial, and most significant writers of the middle and late twentieth century. Many of his novels were phenomenally popular and address challengingly difficult religious, social, and political issues. At least 18 of his novels and 22 of his short stories have been adapted for movies and television. This encyclopedia begins with a brief introductory essay about Greene's body of work. A chronology summarizes the chief events of his literary career, military work, travels and personal life. Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries follow, summarizing the plots of his novels and short stories, indicating movies and television dramas adapted from them, describing his fictional characters, and relating them to his own experiences, his family members and real-life figures. Most entries are followed by bibliographical citations.
Robert L. Gale is professor emeritus of American literature at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of numerous books and critical articles.