By Neil Sinyard (auth.)
A new identify in Palgrave Macmillan's Literary Lives sequence, it is a biographical narrative of Graham Greene's literary profession. between different issues, it explores his explanations for writing; the literary and cinematic affects that formed his paintings; his writing regimen and the significance of his formative years event. Greene used to be elusive and enigmatic, and this ebook teases out the fiction from his autobiographies, the autobiography from his fictions, sharing Paul Theroux's view that you could be no longer understand Greene from his face or speech 'but from his writing, you recognize everything.'
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When one thinks of Greene’s deserved reputation as a story-teller, it is interesting that, in the aforementioned chapter in the Leopoldo Duran book (‘The Writer at Work’), he plays down the importance of plot: a novel does not need one, he says. This might sound heretical, but I have never thought plotting to be one of Greene’s great strengths. He can lead you on sentence by sentence and page by page through his evocation of character and place, and through his taut psychological analysis and lucid style but sometimes, on sober reflection, the narrative in terms of cause and effect does not always add up.
You can have all the technique in the world but, at the point of composition, you are writing out of who and what you are. When Bryan Forbes visited Greene in his apartment building in Antibes, he was struck by the absence of ornamentation or ostentation. 18 It is easy to see the writer’s living quarters as a correlative to the way he wrote. Eliot once described William Blake’s style as ‘an extraordinary labour of simplification’ and Greene’s can be seen in the same way. ’19 Once having arrived at his mature style, he did not show off.
Apart from his own creative output, he wrote appreciative critical essays on a wide range of authors such as James, Dickens, Fielding and Sterne, Mauriac, Ford Maddox Ford, Buchan, Books in My Life 25 Beatrix Potter, Samuel Butler, George Moore, Somerset Maughan, Edgar Wallace, Rider Haggard and Hans Christian Andersen (whom he refers to as ‘that wise author’ in his introduction to The Human Factor). K. Narayan; and the latter, along with, for example, Muriel Spark, was an author for whom Greene’s admiration also extended to material assistance.